The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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Before it joins waters with the Matabele’s iliMphopho, the river of rapid rising and falling, known to the rest of the world as the ‘great, grey, green, greasy Limpopo’ of Rudyard Kipling’s writings, the Ngotwane River marks the boundary line between Botswana and South Africa.

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. Okavango sunset Almost 40% of all land in Botswana is under conservation either as wilderness areas, game reserves or national parks. Formed by a series of geological faults in the flat land of northern Botswana, the green fingers of the Okavango make up the largest inland delta in the world.


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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

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 landWhile much of the attention that Africa’s tourism industry gets is for its (deservedly) popular national parks and game reserves, a lot of wildlife viewing is possible away from the big name places.

Birdwatching the Okavango Delta

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In 2001 I was offered the chance to joint-lead safaris with my good friend Brian Gibson, owner of Capture Africa Safaris , a long established and well-respected Botswana based safari company. We look forwards to seeing you in beautiful Botswana. Destinations Birding Tourism Botswana

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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And so, back to political entities, this field guide covers Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe , the southern half of Mozambique (south of the Zambezi River), South Africa , Lesotho and Eswatini ( Swaziland ).

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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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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. A Sectretarybird stomps on a snake in Botswana Adrian Binns A Secretarybird employing its flapping hunting technique Adrian Binns On a recent filming trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana we followed two Secretarybirds for several hours.

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Pel’s Fishing Owls, Phantoms of the Okavango

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The Okavango Delta of Botswana, however, provides one of the very best opportunities to catch a glimpse. The elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl Although I had seen Pel’s Fishing Owls a couple of times since, I was a touch nervous when asked by the Botswana Tourism Organization to film one for our Birding Adventures TV Botswana series. Botswana truly is one of the most incredible wilderness destinations on the planet and it holds many avian treasures.

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Proof that Yoga is so much more than Asanas.

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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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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. A pair of Wattled Cranes that have dispersed onto the grasslands of the Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana Besides the obvious reason for their scarcity (the disappearance of wetlands), there are other important factors that have contributed to the decline of Wattled Cranes. Birds Africa Botswana cranes Worldwide Birding Adventures

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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. Typical African Pygmy Goose habitat – a waterway in Botswana’s Okavango Delta On our filming trip to Botswana we found that one of the most productive areas for these birds was the Chobe River floodplain and we came across several parties of African Pygmy Geese.

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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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Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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Botswana. We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides. We did this to help our favorite industry come back, to some small degree, from the ravages of COVID.

African Elephants Could Go Extinct in a Decade


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.

“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. Checking the accounts of other Botswana targets such as the near-endemic Slaty Egret and the Short-clawed Lark , I get the idea which areas to visit and on which sites to focus.

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World Wildlife Fund Ousts King of Spain for Elephant Hunting


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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I Remember Elephants

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My adopted homeland of Botswana’s delegate said, “Poaching is so intense that… although Botswana has previously supported the limited, legal ivory sales from countries that manage their elephant herds sustainably, we now recognise that we can no longer support these sales… [we] now support a total, unambiguous and permanent international ban on the ivory trade.”

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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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You may have read my recent piece on Birding the Okavango Delta in Botswana here on 10,000 Birds. If you did you may have gathered that I have a love affair with that wonderful place. However, I have another ongoing love affair, with India.

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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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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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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.

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. As long as it persists, this Western species will prompt every birder within 400 miles to consider, however briefly, taking a run to see it. Have you thought about chasing this rarity?

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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. North of the equator, schools will be letting out for the summer and families will be packing up for adventure. Exotic locales make for exotic birding and even the most mundane territory can astound the first time visitor.

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

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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. “We realize a game won’t change the world but we hope to be part of the transition that brings us all to a better place,” says the company Late for the Sky about its Earthopoly board game. But this game is part of a changing world. Sustainability is probably the most crucial lesson we can teach our kids today.

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Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Ecuador or Botswana, respectively). I had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results. I was just curious what the US birders dream about, so I posted a question in the ABA’s FB group: a) what are the most popular foreign destinations and b) where would you go with unlimited funds? The number of answers (89) and respondents (about 71, if I counted them correctly) surprised me, as well as some answers. Or the lack of some expected answers.

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Landfill by Tim Dee: Review

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At the time I was the Secretary of the Botswana Bird Club, and Claire was one of recipients of the club’s ornithological journal The Babbler. I have visited my local landfill for the last seven years, usually several times per winter, only to recently stumble upon a book called the Landfill! While I have written several blogs on the topic (e.g., here and here ), Tim Dee devoted an entire book to it and I just had to read it. “‘I haven’t met people who say, I quite like gulls.

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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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. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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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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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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CNN: The Sixth Mass Global Extinction has arrived

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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. could be gone in the next 20 years,” said a Botswana based zoologist.

How to Bird on Crutches

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In both India and Botswana, I was at the very edge of the tropics (under the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, respectively), but in dry semi-desert zones, never deep in the true, humid tropics. Clearly, it is easier said than done. And after three decades of walking on crutches, I still do not know how to answer the title question.

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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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It’s still dark at 5 am when the alarm on my mobile phone wakes me up in a spacious guest house room in Chikhaldara (Maharashtra, central India)… morning after morning after morning… I am getting tired, but the reason behind it was one rare bird – so rare that I have traveled 6000 kilometers to search tropical dry deciduous forests of the Satpura range just to look for the endemic and critically endangered Forest Owlet ( Heteroglaux blewitti ).

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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. If I were to give a speech at the shorebirds conference, those would have been my opening words. Anything else would be a lie. Not that I haven’t had an opportunity to learn them.

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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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Alexander McCall Smith Contributes to Literature Project for Darfur Refugees


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. He says, “I think it’s…important that people should realize that there’s another side to Africa, that there’s a very positive side to Africa and that’s the side which I portray in my Botswana books.

Why Are Elephants Endangered Species?


And, if findings from a recent conservation conference in Botswana are to be believed, this is something which could happen as soon as 2025, leaving us precious little time to act. In Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana, people farm elephants on ranches for trophy hunters, arguing that ivory trade should be simply regulated, not banned. There is no more iconic symbol of wildlife. conservation than the noble elephant that marches the plains of Africa and the jungles of Asia.

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How to bird by kayak

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More: my kayak birding experiences from Botswana (with, I cannot believe it, 35 k readers so far). I started to bird from a kayak. Paddling around the Veliko Ratno Island Reserve in almost downtown Belgrade was such a liberating experience of getting close to nature while not having to travel far or invest much.

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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.”.

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