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The Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta – a wealth of wildlife and scenery in waterways and savanna.

© Diane Kelsay

Lesser Jacana
© Bob Harvey

Carmine Bee Eater
© Diane Kelsay

Hornbill
©Bob Harvey

Bushbuck
© Bob Harvey

Serval, usually a rare find but promising here.
© Bob Harvey

Wild dog, also good chance to find here.
© Bob Harvey

Lion cub doing “cute Kitty”
© Diane Kelsay

Same lion cub practicing “fierce”
© Diane Kelsay

The cubs at play
© Bob Harvey

Daddy’s paw
© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

Saddleback stork fishing
© Bob Harvey

© Diane Kelsay

Leopard at twilight
© Diane Kelsay

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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

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Continuous Shooting

As I, Diane, explained in the previous post, I like to watch animal behavior and pick the moment.  That said, there are times when continuous is the best option.  Like the antics of a zebra taking a dust bath.  Sometimes events happen so quickly (like seeing a cloud of dust that might have action) it’s hard to follow with your eye, let alone pick the moment. And there were many to choose from, a real bonus.

Zebra taking a dust bath.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bob writing, now… I was crouching on the edge of a cliff where puffins are flying in from the sea with little fish to feed their young in burrows very close to where I am standing, but also spread out along at least a kilometer of cliff edge.  Birds were coming in from the sea in a steady stream.  They knew where their burrow was, but I didn’t.  As they approached the cliff edge, they would suddenly pivot and fly parallel to the cliff, looking for an opportunity to land at their burrows.  They fly like little bullets.  From the time they make that turn to the time when all you can see is the backside is a matter of 5 to 10 seconds.  One has to “lock on” to focus as they approach, follow the turn, and then make a batch of continuous releases.  Assuming your follow focus holds (and it does more often than not with current technology) you’ll get to pick from several images.  If you get really lucky, like I did in this image, the puffin will make one more turn toward you to land at a nearby burrow.  Then instead of a sideways image, you get more of a head-on shot!

© 2018 Bob Harvey

 

It’s important to build your skills at recognizing and capturing unique moments. There are times when your eye can’t follow the speed of the action and continuous exposure is a great too.

Botswana, Fish Eagle coming in for the catch.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

The next frame on continuous!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Alaska Bears – who gets the next salmon?
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Zebra wars
© Bob Harvey

Understand that there are times when you are in a quiet place and rapid fire could disturb the wildlife and/or your fellow travelers, causing you all to miss the shot.

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Botswana Photography Safari

This will be our 3rd and final post for our Botswana safari.  We began our Grand Teton/Yellowstone program tonight – look for posts from here in the next few days.

Be sure and start the Botswana Safari post from the beginning if you are just joining now.  I will end with a few thoughts about the experiences we came home with.  We felt so calm and peaceful there, the animals behave so differently away from lots of human activity. We could take our time and enjoy watching them without feeling we were intruding. 

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Hippos
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Impala
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Giraffe
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Baby Nile crocodile
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elephant at sunset
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sunset, Chobe River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Botswana was a special experience and we look forward to returning.  We hope you will consider joining us.  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.botswana.htm

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Botswana Photography Safari

This is our second post for the Botswana safari.  Be sure to browse below to see leopards and others great creatures. As exciting as it is to see and photograph leopards and elephants up close and personal,  there is so much delight in watching a heron stalk and catch a fish…  a fish eagle perched high in a tree, able to do the same… or a beautiful lilac breast roller take flight…

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Grey heron landing a fish
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Fish eagle
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Fish eagle© 2013 Bob Harvey

Fish eagle
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Lilac breasted roller
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Saddle billed stork© 2013 Bob Harvey

Saddle billed stork
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Jacana© 2013 Bob Harvey

Jacana
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Egret at sunset© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Egret at sunset
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Botswana Photography Safari

In August we traveled to Botswana to explore the vastness of the Okavango Delta. After visiting the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of Victoria Falls, we entered Botswana – gradually getting deeper and deeper into a largely uninhabited region of Africa.

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Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephants

Botswana is the land where we can see elephants close by as they come to visit the water, take mud and dust baths, and interact with each other.  It is fascinating to watch and photograph them as they go about their lives, sometimes oblivious to our presence.

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Elephants approaching the river.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Baby elephant is carefully guarded.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sometimes rocks are mixed with the dust and mud!
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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From the deck of our lodge, we enjoy the dramatic colors of sunset, but the elephants come to drink into the night.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cats

Leopards and lions frequent this area.  Most mornings there were leopard tracks spotted on the way to breakfast!

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Leopard in a tree, waiting for the sun to go down so she can start her evening activities.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Searching for a shady spot to sleep.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Lion washing his face.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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