Madikwe birdlife from our Mosetlha game drives

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Two of the best guides in the business…
Our guides at Mosetlha.
Kgomotso and (a master at camouflage), Johnny…
hiding behind her.
One of three Roller species that occur in Madikwe.
This is the summer migrant,
the European Roller

They will often sit patiently while photographers “snap” away.
This particular individual has had enough though

A Yellow Billed Hornbill.
These cheeky birds often make themselves at home in the lodges.
Scavenging for scraps that the guests leave behind.
They can be rather bossy

A Lappet-Faced Vulture.
Not very pretty…but efficient.

In flight…

A White-Backed Vulture perched close by.
You can use them as markers to find kills in the bush

Helmeted Guinea Fowl…
Commonly known as a Bush Chicken

This couple were either two males having a go at each other.
Or a mating couple.
What are they? I am not certain.
Answers on a postcard please…

This Lilac Breasted Roller is the national bird of Botswana

Crested Barbet at the bird-bath in camp.

Yes, I know…this is NOT a bird.
However, it does have wings…
AND I found it at the bird bath

A Grey Lourie.
Now known as the ridiculously named Go-away Bird!
Sometimes scientists defy logic.

A Red Crested Koorhaan.
Also known as the suicide bird because of its mating ritual.
It will fly straight up into the air and then plummets back down to earth,
only breaking its fall just before hitting the ground

The heaviest flying bird in Africa.
The Kori Bustard

A beautiful Steppe Buzzard enjoying some early morning sun

The largest flightless African bird.
The Ostrich…this is a female, the males have black plumage

A pair of African Spoonbills looking for food in Tlou Dam

A Black Chested Snake Eagle that we found on a night drive.

Sunset…time to stop for drinks…and to enjoy the bush sounds

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