Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus, Vautour charognard) White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus, Vautour africain) Botswana, October 2011.
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, Crocodile du Nil). Botswana, October 2011.
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola, Chevalier sylvain) Botswana, October 2011.
Wonderfully beautiful birds found nearly everywhere in Southern Africa. Carmine bee eater (Merops nubicoides, Guêpier carmin). Botswana, October 2011. White-fronted bee eater (Merops nubicoides, Guêpier à front blanc). Botswana, October 2011. Click on the thumbnails to open larger pictures.
A recent photo safari trip to Botswana was the excuse to stop a few hours by the Victoria Falls. A few pictures to remember them.
This medium-sized eagle was a great discovery for me in Botswana. The African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene) hunts for insects and small animals in dead trees and rocks. It’s very mobile and devilishly active. African harrier Hawk (or Gymnogene) (Polyboroides typus), Gymnogène d’Afrique. Moremi National Park, Botswana, May 2010.
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Pélican blanc. Moremi National Park, Botswana, May 2010.
I love this bird. It seems to be right out of the illustrations of a XIXth Century book about prehistoric wildlife (and it’s the only living species of the genus Scopus). I love its name. It seems a near impossibility (that’s probably why there are so many other possible names like Hammerkop, Hammerkopf, Hammerhead, Hammerhead…
Jabiru Stork or Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), Jabiru. Moremi National Park, Botswana, May 2010.