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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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Mom & Me

© Bob Harvey

It’s time to celebrate our moms.  They feed us, then teach us how to feed ourselves by grazing, browsing, fishing, hunting…   They protect us from predators and teach us how to get along in our environment.

© Bob Harvey

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It’s really special to watch and photograph moms and their young.  Do take the time to study the behavior, not just catch a quick photo.  You will end up with many choices of great moments.

© Diane Kelsay

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Elephants!

Mt. Kilimanjaro emerges from the clouds,  just as this mom and baby step into the scene.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s always nice when such a majestic animal arrives in great light to complete your landscape composition. OK, I had the driver/guide move forward, then back, then a little forward… Depth of field and lining things up “just so” was important.

Amboseli National Park, Kenya
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

It’s fun to catch elephants at the waterhole. Fast shutter speeds captured the drops and splashes of water.

Baby elephant
©Bob Harvey

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

And they do love water.  They also like to add dust and/or mud after cleaning up in the water. That helps control the insects.

© Diane Kelsay

© Diane Kelsay

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Rubbing up against a muddy wall – a mud massage.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

How great they look after their mud bath.  And not so much appeal to insects.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

It’s nice to combine all sizes, showing various stages of maturity. A panorama crop omits the boring parts of the scene and brings to attention the parade of different sizes.

Elephants crossing the dry lakebed, Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The water behind them is a mirage.
© 2019 Diane Kelsay

But what can be cuter than a tiny baby dwarfed by the size of adults next to the baby.  This strategy of enclosing the baby is done to protect them, but it gives a chance to create unusual and artistic photos. You don’t have to always show the whole animal, try some tight crops.  In these photos, the tight crops emphasize the size of the adult legs and the smallness of the babies while making creative compositions.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

© Bob Harvey

Elephants along the banks of the Chobe River.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

An early morning stroll. They look very content.

© 2019 Diane Kelsay

Taking the time to learn about the animals, as well as watching their behavior, will help capture interesting images.  Join us on one of our Africa trips and we will spend time helping you choose the right settings and suggest compositions.

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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 4 – Weather has such and impact on landscapes.  There is just no such thing as “bad weather”.  It’s nice to have a variety, and we did.

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Baobab trees in sunlight shows off the golden trunk.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Giant Baobab trees in a storm look small against a threatening sky.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Acacia trees
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

We explored Arusha National Park for the first time in search of Colobus and Blue Monkeys.

Blue monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Colobus monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Colobus monkeys
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This is our last post on this trip. We hope you will join us on one of our future trips to Tanzania.  And if you are just starting the blog, please scroll down through posts 1-3.  The first photo in post 1 I have in my head all the time. It’s my “go to” space when I need a boost.  Following are some miscellaneous animal photos, some of them quite entertaining.

The elephant spa, babies in there too!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mud treatment does wonders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And the results – just gorgeous, look at the red!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Take. Me. Seriously.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

On the hunt, creeping along.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Precious
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Dung beetle – yes, it is rolling dung into a giant ball.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Crowned cranes
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

OK, I’ve had days like this.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo looking so innocent. They are very dangerous!
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Tawny eagle looking for prey.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

European roller waiting to catch a bug flying by.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

The two giants
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The King
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Don’t forget to look at our Tanzania Photography Safari web page!

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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

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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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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