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The Chobe River and Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Chobe River is a special place for nature photographers and nature lovers.  One side of the river is Botswana, the other side, Namibia. Beautiful birds are nesting along the both shorelines.

Malachite Kingfisher
© Diane Kelsay

Malachite Kingfisher
© Bob Harvey

White Fronted Bee Eater
© Diane Kelsay

Pied Kingfisher
© Diane Kelsay

And the nest robbers go after the eggs.

Water Monitor Lizard
© Diane Kelsay

The Southern Red Bishop searches the reeds for building materials.

Southern Red Bishop
© Bob Harvey

He builds several nests for his home show and invites the female for a look.

Inspection of the nest.
© Diane Kelsay

Elephants love the water, where they drink, eat, cool off and play.

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Riverbank mud bath.
© Diane Kelsay

And sometimes their life ends in the river.  Dozens of Nile Crocodiles feasted on this elephant for a day – and then for some reason, moved it about a half mile upstream during the night, and then cleaned up what remained.

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

And of course, the mighty Fish Eagle.  Sometimes the call is the first sound of the morning.

© Diane Kelsay

© Bob Harvey

© Bob Harvey

Along the riverside, lions like to roam in and out of the trees, along the sandbars…

© Diane Kelsay

The roar was the loudest we ever heard.  
© Diane Kelsay

Clearly she was busy grooming and didn’t want to respond.
© Diane Kelsay

Looks like he is waiting for her.
© Diane Kelsay

© Bob Harvey

The river is loaded with hippos.  Lots of action!

© Bob Harvey

© Diane Kelsay

Hippo looking for trouble!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s a beautiful river.
© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Link to our Botswana Photography Safari

 

 

 

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It’s Spring – A Challenge

Tired of being inside?  It’s spring outside! We are usually gone during spring, so we are making the most of our lockdown with daily walks and finding lots of new life to photograph around our place.

View from the deck. I took my time moving around and arranging the greens and lavender.  In the past I’ve been in a hurry and just took documentary shots.
© 2020 Diane Kelsay

Same tree, cardinals frequent.  NOT an easy shot.  I had to open the door to the deck and hide inside.  There were many misses – out of focus, branch in front of his face, oops he flew away (they are fast).

Cardinal in the redbud tree.
© 2020 Diane Kelsay

Flight abstract. Things you can make with “misses”
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The bees are working hard! Yay, honey!
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I enjoyed sitting by the stream, lush green mosses everywhere.
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Daffodils are up.
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More abstract opportunities.
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New growth poking through last year’s dead stuff. 
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I hope you will go outside and find things.  Even if you have a small yard or apartment common space, there are insects, new growth, blossoms, birds, even reflections in rain puddles and drops on leaves.  Have fun creating and take good care of yourself.  Post your photos on facebook, send them to me at diane@naturephotographyadventures.com.

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Cloudforest Birds of Ecuador

Ecuador 2018 – After much encouragement from our trusty mainland guide in Quito, we explored the cloud forests seeking new wildlife and scenery photo options. His relative, the most noted birding guide in Ecuador, was our guide.  We were amazed at the wealth of experiences we had and filled cards like crazy with colorful birds and cloud forest scenes and critters.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

From the cloud forest, we explored the Paramo for mountain vistas and the world’s largest hummingbird.

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

Link to our Ecuador Birds web page.  2019 is full, but we still have space in 2020!

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Happy New Year

We hope your holiday season was filled with great moments and experiences. Now it is time to think forward to 2014 and we wish you a wonderful year filled with new memories.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

We encourage you to think creatively and pursue your interests.  And as always, we encourage you to appreciate the wonders of nature and to use your photographs to encourage others to do the same.

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Our holiday season…  We heard that in Trinidad, the Scarlet Ibis fly into the mangroves at dusk and decorate the mangroves – like Christmas trees.  So, for Thanksgiving, we went to see the Christmas trees decorated by nature.  What an experience to see thousands of ibis fill the air from every direction to land in their mangroves.

Ibis flying to the mangroves © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Ibis flying to the mangroves
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Ibis in mangroves, Trinidad © 2013 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Ibis in mangroves, Trinidad
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We left behind the snow…

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

There was plenty of nightlife…

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We spent our Thanksgiving reflecting on how special nature is and how important it is to appreciate and give thanks for all we have.  And of course, being thankful for the enjoyment of sharing time out there with all of you.

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Let’s all have a wonderful 2014!

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