Rollers are found in Europe, Asia as well as in Africa and Australia, but not in the New World. It’s commonly seen throughout its range, often perched on its favorite spot as seen here. From this perch it will scan the ground for prey, and swoop in to catch them when spotted. It sounds like […]
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I had many incredible encounters with wild dogs during my stay in Okavango. One hunt went straight through the camp! Here you see a typical bonding behavior after a feeding. They made a kill the previous night, and at dawn I watched as they licked the last remains of the carcass accompanied with a wide […]
A critically endangered species, and unsurprisingly the only one of the species I encountered during my time in Botswana. Last night’s kill by wild dogs has attracted this individual and other species of vulture and scavengers, and this hooded vulture was the only one of its kind. Decades ago it would have been alongside many […]
Last night a group of wild dogs made a kill, and at dawn furry and feathered scavengers honed in on the leftovers. This eagle was waiting for the large vultures to scatter, so it could have its pickings. The dogs made a good job of cleaning up the kill, so not much was left. But […]
Last night a group of wild dogs made a kill, and at dawn furry and feathered scavengers honed in on the leftovers. This kite was waiting for the large vultures to scatter, so it could have its pickings. The dogs made a good job of cleaning up the kill, so not much was left. But […]
A critically endangered species, but surprisingly 5 of them gathered here. Lot less than in a healthy population, but it could have been just a single individual. Or none. I encountered very few of any species of vulture, and sadly this is all due to human activities like trophy hunting and religious excuses, poisoning of […]
Three linonesses of a pride of more than 10 quenching their thirst in one of few places left with water as the drought deepens with a seemingly never ending heatwave of 40c during day and barely a couple of hours before dawn with nearing pleasant temperatures. One of the lionesses was stung in the eye […]
Following this beautiful southern server during its morning hunt was amazing. It did not pay much notice to my presence and I was therefore able to see its natural hunting behavior. Watching it pounce on its insect, reptile or rodent prey was as good as it gets. It was mostly strolling leisurely looking for opportunities, […]
Following this beautiful southern server during its morning hunt was amazing. It did not pay much notice to my presence and I was therefore able to see its natural hunting behavior. Watching it pounce on its insect, reptile or rodent prey was as good as it gets. Although this was my only such encounter during […]
A common resident in Okavango and to me a funny looking creature that reminds me of dodgems, or bumper cars, when their tail is raised during their escapes. They live a precarious life as they’re prey to lion, cheetah and leopard. This one is checking out elephant dung at a waterhole inundated with parched elephants, […]
A young lion giving me the stare, wondering what to make of me.
This very well camouflaged owl was sitting very close to the dirt road out of the Central Kalahari Game reserve, but did not leave its spot in the shade. At 8 in the morning the heat of the sun is already unbearable and most animals seek shelter. Some are nocturnal and take advantage of the […]
A female cheetah leading her cubs to a new resting site as the rising sun heats up the land, leaving fewer and fewer shades to be found.
Just like humans – when all needs are met laziness sets in and the only frustration that might arise is where and how to position the body and how to adjust it to those miniscule discomforts like heat, flies or your brother coming too close for comfort. This is one of two brothers chilling out […]
The ground squirrel is as cute to us humans as any species of squirrels with their fast pace an entertaining antics. But their lives are faced with the exact same challenges as all life, and they have no clue as to what our view of cute is. This is such a huge misconception and why […]
Bustards are very large birds, and the southern kori is the largest flying bird in Africa. They have a wingspan of up to 275 cm (9 ft) and up to 20 kg (44 lb) in weight. Not surprisingly you will mostly see it walking and only occasionally see it in flight. Seeing this huge bird […]
The steenbuck is blending well with the dry grasses, both in color and small size as it reaches no more than 60 cm (24″) in height.