Preening their plumage. Birds seen on drives from Marataba Safari Lodge. Waterberg. Limpopo

This view never fails to leave me in awe.
The Waterberg mountain range forms an impressive backdrop
A Natal Spurfowl patrolling the roadway.
These can be rather noisy and as such are good indicators
as to whether there might be danger lurking in an area.
This lonely Little Bee-eater was sitting all by itself
 trying to get warm by fluffing up its feathers
Many bird species adopt this practice in the early mornings
 before the sun has risen.
It traps air, thus allowing them to stay warm in the pre-dawn light.
Most of the other Little Bee-eaters that I spotted
were either in pairs of groups.
Easier to keep each other warm.
An achingly beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller.
Currently the national bird of Botswana,
its call sounds almost like a dog barking.
The raucous call is almost the antithesis
 of its spectacular plumage.


The bird previously known as the Grey Loerie,
it is now known as the Grey Go-away bird.
This name change was due to both is colour and the call it makes.


Striding through the shallow water,
this Great Egret was on a search for breakfast.
It did not catch anything as I watched,
but I am certain that it would not have been discouraged by my presence
and would have continued after I left


Almost a yoga pose!
I did not realize how large the webbed feet
of this African Darter actually were.
Its snake-like neck is perfectly suited for
slicing through the water in search of a quick meal.


And from the rear.
The sunlight lighting the feathers beautifully.
A very impressive display for so early.


A Pied Kingfisher.
There are 10 species in South Africa,
only 4 of those live on a piscatorial diet.
This is one for those.
It can often be seen hovering
 over bodies of water looking for prey.


Morning exercises?
This Hornbill going through its morning preening routine.
The ruffled breast feathers are a way of keeping warm
 in the cool air.
A Blacksmith Lapwing.
Patrolling the edges of a dam looking to scare up breakfast.
Aside from being found in the wild,
the lapwing species has made their homes in urban settings as well.
The can be found on sports fields and even on traffic islands
in busy roads throughout major cities.
A sun-downer drinks stop that was as colourful as the birds we had spotted.
An awe-inspiring African sunset
A wonderful way to end off the day.
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