Birding has become a new hobby that I have grown to love here in Africa for several reasons: 1) so many birds here are stunning in the colours that you see 2) there are SOOO many of them and 3) learning about their individual characteristics truly makes it more than just a little thing flying in the air!
Lifers are new birds that you haven’t ever seen before and can add to your life list of birds (proper birders keep a tally!).
So here are some of my new lifers from this Botswana trip.
Open bill stork
Black-crowned night herons with the spotty juvenile.
Northern black korhaan in display
My new favourite birds, Southern carmine bee-eaters
Wattled crane (with a saddle-billed stork on the left)
I really wanted to see a black heron after watching that video compilation of animals from BBC with the voiceovers. The black heron is the one that does the “daytime”, “night time” display. Unfortunately it wasn’t the right time of day to see this one hiding under its wings… next time!
This one looks like those gym junkies you see and how they strut sometimes showing off their muscles.
I saw this and thought… this kori bustard is strange looking with the black on its back and legs!
Lifers include pied avocet and my first bullfrog!
Check out the spurs on the legs of this fowl!
So fortunate to see this kori bustard displaying for a few females! His swagger was amazing to watch.