Thunderstorms and Jacanas

Having recently returned from my first Chobe Safari of 2015, I was once again reminded what an incredible piece of the planet the Chobe River is for wildlife photography.  The photography of the various species both bird and mammal, was diverse and we had some interesting action and interaction like the African Jacanas who are competing for the females and the African Fish Eagle who’s meal was forcibly taken from him by a Marabou Stork.

Jacanas by 22 15:25:40.

The weather at times was against us with some late afternoon thunderclouds on the horizons but this added to the mood.  This sudden landscape photography opportunity of course led to a frantic change of lenses to capture the magic light under the clouds during the very short window of oportunity.

Chobe sunset by 22 19:58:43.

The water level of the Chobe River is still lower than in previous years at this time, but while we were there you could see the level rise daily.  So when I arrive again on Friday I am looking forward to reaching new areas on the river.

There are large patches if Day- and Night Lilies which offsets the green color of the grasses beautifully with a swathe of yellow.  We were fortunate to briefly spot and and photograph a Lesser Jacana before it flew off to an inaccessable patch of floating grass.

Lesser Jacana by 22 15:25:42.

A Lesser Jacana takes of from a Lilly pad on the Chobe River.

On two afternoons we sat and watched the antics of a troop of Chacma Baboons.  They were hilarious as they jumped down a small cliff and rolled around  in the white sand and interacted as only baboons can do.  As always there is discipline to be metered out and the screaming of the offending baboon carries across the water and into the bush.  The photography was tough as the sun had dipped behind a low cloud, but the 400 f/2.8 did the business to capture a few images.

Chacma Baboons fighting by 22 15:25:46.

Of course the safari also delivered an number of great Kingfisher images with this Woodland Kingfisher being the star one afternoon.

Woodland Kingfisher by 22 15:25:33.

We also came across a few juvenile Giant Kingfishers during the 7 days, one of which had caught a huge crab and proceeded to pulp it on the log it sat on.  Then there were quite a few lone
bachelorCape Buffalo along the river, some of whom looked as if they had seen many a summer.  A number of times we were able to photograph Cattle Egrets perching or hunting from the midge covered bodies of these bulls.

Cattle Egret by 22 15:25:35.

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