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

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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

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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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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“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.

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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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?

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”.

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.

UN report: 2013's extreme weather is consistent with climate change

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Angola, Botswana and Namibia were gripped by severe drought. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released their annual State of the Climate report this past Sunday, to coincide with the World Meteorological Day. The report confirms that recent extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, heat waves and tropical cyclones around the world, are linked to human-caused climate change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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!

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.

The Bee-eaters of Africa

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Excellent places for finding Southern Carmines include Shakawe in the panhandle of Botswana’s Okavango Swamps and along the Zambezi in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip (a particularly large colony exists near Kalizo Lodge).

Plastic from Methane, Toxic Toads & Robo-Crocodiles

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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.

Review: Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa

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In particular the GPS function didn’t seem to work in Botswana and Zimbabwe (I am, I have to confess, guessing there was a GPS function as it seemed to work in South Africa in areas with no signal. In the light of the (worrying) news that Corey is writing a field guide (yes, I’m up to date now), it struck me as a good time to have a look at the technology that will quickly render his effort, and all other dead tree books, obsolete.

The Search for the Rarest Owl of India

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Now nearing 50 and duly lost in a mid-life crisis, Dragan Simic took to birding rather late – only half a lifetime ago, after successfully testing his inadequate skills in other life threatening activities, such as rock climbing and vertical caving. In the end, it was birding that has taken him from his native Serbia, across the Balkans and Turkey, to the very borders of the Old World: East Anglia and Spain, southern Africa and, in the instance of this epic report, India.

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The Storks of Africa

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It should sensibly occur in the vast Okavango Swamps of Botswana, but all records from this region have been discarded. Africa has more than its fair share of storks, with 8 of the world’s 19 species gracing the continent.

A Long Journey to 5,000 Birds: 34 Years, 6 Continents, & 47 Countries

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Photo © Tim Boucher 2 of 9 A young Pel’s Fishing Owl in Botswana. I remember the day vividly. It was my brother’s 18th birthday. A friend gave him a book on the birds of Southern Africa. We looked out the window and saw a bunch of little brown birds.

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

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.

Why & How to Leave Go Daddy (or - Eco-Vegan Gal: Live healthy.

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Here's a link to a wonderful non-profit group "Elephants Without Borders" founded by a native PhD researcher from Botswana.

“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.

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.

Boucher’s 2015 Bird of the Year: Rufous Potoo

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In Botswana, I found a roosting Pel’s Fishing Owl and its fluffy youngster nearby. I did a lot of exciting birding in 2015 and saw a lot of great birds.