Birdlife Paradise Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta boasts a variety of birds for obvious reasons.

Ostrich roaming the savanna, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Ostrich roaming the savanna, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Ostrich prefers the open savanna and are rarely seen around larger waterways.

Kori Bustard in high grass, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Kori Bustard in high grass, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The shy Kori Bustard stalks the high grass on the hunt for snakes and lizards.

Secretary Bird on snaky mission, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Secretary Bird on a snaky mission, Chobe National Park, Botswana

So does the elusive Secretary Bird, which is known to attack larger snakes by kicking with his strong legs. But the Okavango Delta is all about water.

Yellow Billrd Stork reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Yellow Billed Stork reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Water means life and attracts birds of all kinds. This is no news for anyone and I was lucky to have snapped some nice photos previously. However, with the Chobe River around Kasane not being quite as wide as in the Okavango Delta itself, the birdlife was easier to observe.

Fantasy land, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Fantasyland, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A large amount of trees gives plenty of nesting opportunities.

High vantage point, Chobe National Park, Botswana

High vantage point, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Fish Eagles rule the skies. Not since my visit to Vancouver Island in Canada have I seen such quantity of these majestic birds.

Eagles in sepia, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Eagles in sepia, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Dead trees give perfect viewing points to hawk out an unsuspecting fish.

A nisting pair?, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A nesting pair?, Chobe National Park, Botswana

On many of these dead trees are nests built, a perfect breeding and feeding ground.

Drinking Fish Eagle, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Drinking Fish Eagle, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Observing one the ground whilst drinking was just a bonus. 

Drinking Fish Eagle, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Drinking Fish Eagle, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Cormorants are home to any waterway that holds fish.

Cormorant flying of, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Cormorant flying of, Chobe National Park, Botswana

There seems to be plenty of fish here. 

A Carmine Bee Eater in early morning sun, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A Carmine Bee Eater in early morning sun, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A Carmine Bee Eater enjoys the warming early morning sun in chilly windy conditions, blowing his colourful feathers.

A Carmine Bee Eater in full flight, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A Carmine Bee Eater in full flight, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Even in full flight, the rainbow colours are striking.

A group of Sunbirds, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A group of Sunbirds, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A group of Sunbirds making the most of early morning sun rays.

Sunbird enjoying the sun, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Sunbird enjoying the sun, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Their reddish feathers glow against the blue skies. 

Guinea Fowl mirror, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Guinea Fowl mirror, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A flock off Guinea Fowls appeared double in quantity in calm waters. 

Colourful ducks, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Colourful ducks, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A pair of colourful ducks looked just as impressive on calm water reflections.

Early morning exercise, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Early morning exercise, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I tried to find out the name of these birds, but couldn’t find them on the net. Maybe they are a rare breed? They sure are pretty. 

A lonesome Marabou Stork, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A lonesome Marabou Stork, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Marabou Stork is the largest of its kind. A scavenger that is found all around Southern Africa. They are often seen scavenging on rubbish dumps. Not this one.

Shadow boxer, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Shadow boxer, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Yellow Billed Stork has a more defined fishing technique.

Casting a shadow, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Casting a shadow, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Raising one off his wings in the air like an umbrella to cast a shadow to the waters below. This scares fish and frogs to move away, right into his opened beak.

An Egret rushing to the scene, Chobe National Park, Botswana

An Egret rushing to the scene, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A small White Egret tries to snatch his share.

Yellow Billed Stork double, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Yellow Billed Stork double, Chobe National Park, Botswana

It’s best to double up. 

An African Open Billed Stork, Chobe National Park, Botswana

An African Open Billed Stork, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The African Open Bill Stork specializes in water snails. He can’t close his beak completely, as it is designed to snare the snails from its housing.

Storking the waters, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Storking the waters, Chobe National Park, Botswana

His black feathers appear in a reddish shimmer against the sun. 

Stork reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Stork reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I went back to this particular pond late afternoon to watch the sunset. Knowing that these storks inhabit this swamp, I was hopeful to get a nice photo against the lower sinking sun.

Open Billed Stork in paintings, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Open Billed Stork in paintings, Chobe National Park, Botswana

The paintings setting does wonder against the reflecting sunbeam.

Snatching a snail, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Snatching a snail, Chobe National Park, Botswana

I really am happy with the outcome in sepia as well.

Glowing reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Glowing reflections, Chobe National Park, Botswana

As the sun set lower, yellow colours appeared on the waters.

Great Egret flies in to the sunset, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Great Egret flies into the sunset, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A Great Heron just flew off into the setting sun, whilst the Open Bill Stork was still foraging for snails.

Birdlife sunset, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Birdlife sunset, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A truly spectacular day to observe Botswana birdlife in true colours.

Sunset over calm waters off the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Sunset over calm waters of the Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana

What a way to end this day.

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