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Birds of the Okavango Delta


While everyone enjoys the beautiful large animals of Africa, there's a plethora of bird life that's easy to overlook when studying the splendid lions and kudu and giraffe.  The oasis of the Okavango Delta is a natural magnet for all types of birds, ranging from kingfishers to large wading birds.

In this post I'm highlighting some of my favorite bird photos from our trip to Botswana.  Minimal narration -- just beautiful birds to enjoy.  If you want to know their names and a little more about them, click on the slide show below which has legends and some brief commentary:

Enjoy them as much as I did!

001 Scarlett Breasted Bee Eater

002 Scarlett Breasted Bee Eater

003 Lilac breasted Roller

004 Yellow Hornbill

005 Kingfisher holding minnow

006 Kingfisher

007 Kingfisher

008 Grouse

009 Spur-Winged Geese

010 Spur-Winged Geese

011 Spur-Winged Geese

012 Hawks

013 Guinea Fowl

014 Owl sleeping on ground

015 Greater African Hornbill

016 Saddlebill stork

017 Saddlebill stork in flight

018 Cory Bustard & Impala

019 Cory Bustard

020 Marabou stork

021 Marabou stork


Images (21)
  • Scarlett Breasted Bee Eater: A beautiful brilliantly colored bird
  • Scarlett Breasted Bee Eater: Taking flight!
  • Lilac breasted Roller
  • Yellow Hornbill: There's also a red hornbill
  • Kingfisher, holding a minnow
  • Kingfisher sitting on a papyrus reed
  • Kingfisher sitting on a papyrus reed
  • Grouse
  • Spur-Winged Geese.  Love the reflection!
  • Spur-Winged Geese
  • Spur-Winged Goose
  • Hawk.  Not sure what type
  • Guinea Fowl.  An African chicken
  • Owl sleeping on ground: Surprising it didn't take its nap on a tree.
  • Greater African Hornbill.  A large bird!
  • Saddlebill stork.  Named for the yellow band on its beak: A tall bird, even larger than a great blue heron
  • Saddlebill stork taking flight
  • Cory Bustard & Impala: One of the largest birds in Africa.
  • Cory Bustard.
  • Marabou stork: Likely the ugliest bird in Africa!  Said to be dressed as an undertaker
  • Marabou stork

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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thank you, DrY!


If you click on the small thumbnail photos above the comments, you'll see the photos are labeled as to name of the birds which are illustrated.  Once open, you can scroll through the photos as a slide show and see all the names!

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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