Birding Botswana

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We are currently filming in Botswana. have basically focused our filming efforts on three regions of northern Botswana: The Okavango Delta, The Chobe and the Makgadigadi Pans. Birding Botswana

Botswana’s Private Reserves

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The reserve, in the eastern corner of Botswana near Zimbabwe and South Africa, isn’t open to the public in general, so I figured I’d share a few images here by way of showing off. Trips Botswana Private land

Birding Botswana’s Borders

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I bring this up because birding the Chobe River in northern Botswana gave me the interesting opportunity to bird a country I technically wasn’t in. The floodplain of the Chobe is the only place in Botswana where the aquatic Puku is found, you may need the help of the guide to tell it from the other, more common water antelope, the Red Lechwe. Trips Botswana Caprivi Strip Chobe NP Chobe River cruise

Everyone loves owls: African edition

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So imagine my delight to seeing a pair of African Scops-owls on the side of the road on a recent trip to Botswana. Birds Botswana owlsWho doesn’t love a good owl?

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Africa – Birding down Memory Lane

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Gaborone, Botswana; June 1999. Marvellous orange-pink sunrise high over the Indian Ocean… Then, landing on a small airport at Gaborone, Botswana. The next one I can remember, going chronologically, was my first sunbird ever – the White-bellied Sunbird in the bush in front of our lodge, opposite the Botswana University. Trips Africa Botswana city birds

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Proof that Yoga is so much more than Asanas.

Elephant Journal

Travel Yoga being of benefit Botswana service yoga The Yoga Project underserviced communities yoga classesService yoga is a reminder to all of the importance of taking yoga off the mat and into.

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Striding Snake-killers

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Secretarybirds seem more crane than raptor as their four-foot frames stride across the open plains of places like the Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana. This part of Botswana – the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans – is a truly unforgettable birding location.

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Wattled Cranes

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But there is one place in Africa where Wattled Cranes still gather in fair numbers – the Okavango Delta of Botswana. For more information on these stunning creatures and the beautiful country of Botswana , feel free to view our episode below.

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African Pygmy Geese – Diminutive Ducks

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For this reason, places like the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the pan systems of northern-eastern South Africa are good places to find these delightful ducks. Birds Botswana ducks geese Worldwide Birding Adventures

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Duncan’s 2015 List

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White-faced Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna viduata ); Kasane, Botswana, 1 January. Knob-billed Duck, or Comb Duck ( Sarkidiornis melanotos ); Chobe NP, Botswana, 2 January. Egyptian Goose ( Alopochen aegyptiaca ); Chobe NP, Botswana, 1 January. Spur-winged Goose ( Plectropterus gambensis ); Chobe NP, Botswana, 1 January. Helmeted Guineafowl ( Numida meleagris ); Chobe NP, Botswana, 1 January. Marabou Stork ( Leptoptilos crumeniferus ); Kasane, Botswana, 4 January.

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I Remember Elephants

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Africa), Hwange (Zimbabwe) and, recently, in Chobe national park in Botswana (the one that was considered so safe that the Clintons have visited it as a presidential couple)!

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“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

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Since I used to live in and know Botswana, let’s see what the guide says on that country in one and a half pages. Let’s presume I am travelling to Botswana.

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African Elephants Could Go Extinct in a Decade

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In the Africa Elephant Summit currently taking place in Botswana, conservationists presented new alarming figures about elephants showing that due to the current number of animals being poached, they could Read More The post African Elephants Could Go Extinct in a Decade appeared first on Ecorazzi.

World Wildlife Fund Ousts King of Spain for Elephant Hunting

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The King of Spain gets kicked out of World Wildlife Fund Spain due to hunting in Botswana. Read More The post World Wildlife Fund Ousts King of Spain for Elephant Hunting appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News king juan carlos king of spain

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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401-600 sp: Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay; the Sahel countries (Africa), Namibia and Botswana; Central Asian countries and Cambodia. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least.

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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I used to live in Botswana, where there are about 450 bird species in an area a few dozen miles from the capital; then somewhat naively moved back to Serbia with mere 250 species around the capital. Birding by canoe in Botswana brings 60 birds in two hours (I am not even talking of the Okavango, but the southeast of the country), while two hour paddling in Serbia brings half of that number. Botswana (529 / 577). What are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2012?

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Boy, Botswana is beautiful! To twitch or not to twitch… that is the question facing many listers in the northeastern United States this weekend. The directionally-challenged Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch that Corey documented so lovingly continues to abide where rosy-finches never do.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of June 2012?

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Azure skies over the Okavango Delta of Botswana (Ever seen a Pel’s Fishing Owl ? One aspect of summer I absolutely love is the break from the routine. Obviously, that means a lot of things in a lot of contexts, but here, of course, I’m talking about birding.

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Swallows. Swallowed

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You probably have to go to a resturant in Botswana or South Africa to find Tigerfish on the menu. So, when they set out to study of the migration and habitat use of these animals in a South African lake in the Mapungubwe National Park, near the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, they were not necessarily looking for fish flying out of the water. In fact, Tigerfishing is sometimes done with a dry fly, in Botswana.

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“We realize a game won’t change the world but we hope to.

Blue Earth

The web page for this game has an exhaustive list of its ingredients , right down to the lima bean pieces sourced from a local farmer, and the Carnelian stones from Botswana.

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Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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I was told by some researchers that in Botswana trackers watch for this species when looking for Painted Wolves (or African Wild Dogs) as they follow packs to snatch up prey and scraps. Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November.

CNN: The Sixth Mass Global Extinction has arrived

Green Prophet

Whether it’s disappearing elephant herds in Botswana, dying coral reefs in Australia, or near silence of small tropical tree frogs in a Central American rain forest, the vanishing of animal and plant species all over the world is finally being directly attributed to manmade causes.

Shorebirds in Action: An introduction to waders and their behaviour, by Richard Chandler

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18 years ago I moved to Botswana where that gloriously bright sunshine makes observing them easier, while shorebirds themselves ease things further by mostly sporting their wintering plumage. Hi, my name is Dragan and I do not know my shorebirds.

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Definitively the Egyptians!

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At the time, I was an active volunteer in an organisation soon to become the BirdLife Botswana and have noticed that Brown, Forbes and Symes quoted only two out of five Botswana observations accepted by the Rarities Committee, so I wrote to the Vulture News editor, suggesting that I write a short note on all five observations. Scientific papers are simply boring. That is why they have sections Abstract and Summary, to allow you to read the digested versions and skip the rest.

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What is a Palm-thrush?

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These Collared Palm-thrushes were photographed in the Cresta Mowana Lodge in Kasane, pretty much the only place you’ll see the species in Botswana (according to one of the guidebooks I read). A post I wrote a few weeks ago where I made some disparaging remarks about America’s pseudowarblers (and poetry) generated a certain amount of negative feedback, and clearly some apologies are in order. Mum, Dad, I’m sorry I described my childhood as feral.

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Madikwe; Paradise Restored

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My books weren’t helping much so I had resorted to looking for large green areas on Google Maps on the border of South Africa and Botswana, and I happened on Madikwe. Great wildlife preserves, reserves and parks exist for a number of reasons.

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Exploring Africa by Train

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The first route takes 14 days and visitors get to explore four countries starting with South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and then Tanzania. Africa is one of the most visited continents world over. The reason simply being that the continent has a lot to offer.

Plastic Bag Bans around the World

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Botswana (2017). Since the late 1970s, plastic bags have. become a staple and an iconic image of shopping. They are such common place that people expect them to be readily available and think little of throwing them away or even discarding them on the ground.

Alexander McCall Smith Contributes to Literature Project for Darfur Refugees

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His “Detective Agency&# series is set in Botswana, and one of his goals for the books is to encourage readers to look beyond the disasters of the continent.

A morning in a Kalahari Leopard’s life

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This 15,000 sq mi Kalahari desert reserve straddles the South African and Botswana border regions and was created when two national parks were merged – these being South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. Leeudril is a waterhole situated along the dry Nossob river north of Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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What makes a good bird guide?

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And, a dozen years later, I still remember his name: Steven Makala , working for the Limpopo River Lodge in the Tuli Block province of Botswana. Joining some travelling birders FB group, I’ve read a long list of dos and don’ts. One of many don’ts was: post no adverts. This made me think… I don’t think I’ve ever posted adverts – only recommendations. E.g., whenever I travel and use the services of local guides, if I was happy with them, I do recommend them.

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Is my Rhino Still Alive?

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WWF states that the “killing on this scale shows how rhino poaching is being increasingly undertaken by organised criminal syndicates,” and announces, “all eyes will now be on the next major conference on the illegal wildlife trade to be held in Botswana in March, where governments from around the world will take further steps to fight the trade and save the rhino.”.

2015 173

Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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Prime destinations for seeing African Elephant in the wild include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda. Lions are most easily found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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All my patches

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Several years passed on and my home was now under the southern sky, on the outskirts of Gaborone, Botswana, not far from the Ngotwane River. Since I have started to bird by kayak, it took me a lot of time to realise that paddling is not the synonym for birding and that I can bird without a paddle, although I cannot paddle without a pair of binoculars.

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10 Countries, 10 Top Birds in 2016

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Botswana: I Still Have No Idea Award. Well, that year was something else. Like a lot of people I know, the body blows of the news the world at large were tempered by a year that was personally rather good. I managed to actually beat my year list total, as accounted by eBird, by one bird.

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Plastic from Methane, Toxic Toads & Robo-Crocodiles

Nature Conservancy - Science

Get up close and personal with rare African wild dogs in Botswana. The Asian common toad — newly arrived in Madagascar — is toxic to many native species of predators. Though the newcomers are not yet widespread, researchers urge quick action to prevent an ecological crisis.

Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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If tourists are too dim to tell Sierra Leone from Botswana or Tanzania, do we really want to rely on them to save Africa’s species? Hi there. I can’t help noticing that you’ve just posted an angry story about Cecil the Lion on your timeline.

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears. Better yet, offer up your eyeballs because we have a powerhouse post here that deserves, nay demands your full attention.

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France’s new ban on plastic throwaways should be extended globally

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China, Bangladesh, South Africa, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda Botswana, Kenya and Ethiopia have enacted total bans. France has passed a new law that bans cups, cutlery, plates, and takeaway containers made from plastic.

Green safari company launches carbon research project

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The company, which is known for its commitment to sustainable responsible travel and community empowerment, owns and operates 46 luxury lodges and camps in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya and India. The spekboom (or pork bush) is a remarkable “super plant.”

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Africa’s remarkable long tailed birds

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Image from Botswana by Adam Riley.

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Pink in Africa

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Another southern African endemic, this species ranges widely across the dry grasslands of central South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Of course Africa could not to be left out of the pink weekend so I have researched all African species whose official or alternative names include the word “pink”. There are certainly some stunners involved. Pink-throated Twinspot. Definitely my personal favorite of Africa’s pink birds is the delicate Pink-throated Twinspot.

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South Africa’s endemic birds

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Blue Cranes are almost entirely restricted to South Africa, with an isolated (but dwindling) population in Namibia’s Etosha National Park and a few pairs in Botswana. My home country of South Africa can only be described as a birding paradise!