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The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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Before it joins waters with the Matabele’s iliMphopho, the river of rapid rising and falling, known to the rest of the world as the ‘great, grey, green, greasy Limpopo’ of Rudyard Kipling’s writings, the Ngotwane River marks the boundary line between Botswana and South Africa. Cover: 20 years younger version of me. Nile Crocodile 1.

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Birdwatching the Okavango Delta

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In 2001 I was offered the chance to joint-lead safaris with my good friend Brian Gibson, owner of Capture Africa Safaris , a long established and well-respected Botswana based safari company. I have been travelling to Botswana for over twenty years now and I still get excited at the prospect of another trip to the bush each time I go.

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Africa – Birding down Memory Lane

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Gaborone, Botswana; June 1999. Marvellous orange-pink sunrise high over the Indian Ocean… Then, landing on a small airport at Gaborone, Botswana. The next one I can remember, going chronologically, was my first sunbird ever – the White-bellied Sunbird in the bush in front of our lodge, opposite the Botswana University.

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Monkey (obviously) taken by me in Botswana near Chobe River, 2016

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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I used to live in Botswana, where there are about 450 bird species in an area a few dozen miles from the capital; then somewhat naively moved back to Serbia with mere 250 species around the capital. Botswana (529 / 577). And, sadly, haven’t even reached one thousand birds on my life list, yet. And it shows. Malaysia (702 / 781).

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Pel’s Fishing Owls, Phantoms of the Okavango

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The Okavango Delta of Botswana, however, provides one of the very best opportunities to catch a glimpse. The elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl Although I had seen Pel’s Fishing Owls a couple of times since, I was a touch nervous when asked by the Botswana Tourism Organization to film one for our Birding Adventures TV Botswana series.

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Birding Botswana’s Borders

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I bring this up because birding the Chobe River in northern Botswana gave me the interesting opportunity to bird a country I technically wasn’t in. But I have visited Guatemala, Lesotho and Zimbabwe to actually visit them and count them, even though I spent less time in them than I did Zurich. It’s arbitrary, but there you go.

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