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"Suicide month" they call it. October in Botswana. Yup, I was there. Yup, it was hot. But worth it.

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Photo of our mobile camp in Botswana, Africa - trip report inside here (scroll down)
Photo of our mobile camp in Botswana, Africa - trip report inside here (scroll down)
Being charged by an elephant while in a boat. Scary!
Being charged by an elephant while in a boat. Scary!
Running giraffe (not sure what's going on with those lips)
Running giraffe (not sure what's going on with those lips)
Cute little baby giraffe
Cute little baby giraffe
Red Billed Hornbill
Red Billed Hornbill
Egret  (I'm new at shooting birds and clipped the wing.)
Egret (I'm new at shooting birds and clipped the wing.)
Pied Kingfisher - fishing!  He hovered above the water looking for fish.
Pied Kingfisher - fishing! He hovered above the water looking for fish.
White Fronted Bee Eater
White Fronted Bee Eater
Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Baby Baboon
Baby Baboon
What a way to go!
What a way to go!
Lilac Breasted Roller - the shot everyone gets in Africa!
Lilac Breasted Roller - the shot everyone gets in Africa!
Guinea - may be common but really a cool bird
Guinea - may be common but really a cool bird
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One by one, they lined up for a drink in the late afternoon.
One by one, they lined up for a drink in the late afternoon.
Two decided to go their own way and not follow the crowd.
Two decided to go their own way and not follow the crowd.
Taking a break between mating sessions.
Taking a break between mating sessions.
self explanatory
self explanatory
I love the bony looking trees. The sunset makes them more awesome.
I love the "bony" looking trees. The sunset makes them more awesome.
Checking us out.
Checking us out.
A little horseplay (or lion play).
A little horseplay (or lion play).
More roughhousing.
More roughhousing.
You don't see too many bones lying around (hyena, vultures, mice etc). This is a giraffe.
You don't see too many bones lying around (hyena, vultures, mice etc). This is a giraffe.
Kori Bustard displaying. During display their neck can increase 4x in size.
Kori Bustard "displaying". During display their neck can increase 4x in size.
Another Hornbill
Another Hornbill
This looks like a big clump of lions but they are really feeding on a young elephant.
This looks like a big clump of lions but they are really feeding on a young elephant.
This picture tells a sad story
This picture tells a sad story
Warthogs fighting
Warthogs fighting
eye-to-eye
eye-to-eye
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Our tents at the fly camp on the island - mine is the tiny one
Our tents at the fly camp on the island - mine is the tiny one
The guys with our fly camp stuff packed and waiting on the boat to pick us up.
The guys with our "fly camp" stuff packed and waiting on the boat to pick us up.
Young waterbuck fighting
Young waterbuck fighting
A hippo yawn is a threat gesture. He's trying to scare us off.
A hippo yawn is a "threat gesture". He's trying to scare us off.
Our guide, Nick, told us to watch the giraffe drink.
Our guide, Nick, told us to watch the giraffe drink.
Nick said he will sling the water after he takes a drink.
Nick said he will sling the water after he takes a drink.
Seems like a bird was near his mouth when he slung his head!
Seems like a bird was near his mouth when he slung his head!
Little water droplets flying everywhere
Little water droplets flying everywhere
Sleeping with one eye open (watching us).
Sleeping with one eye open (watching us).
He has that big yawn (trying to scare us) and he's watching us to see if it works. (No, it didn't.)
He has that big yawn (trying to scare us) and he's watching us to see if it works. (No, it didn't.)
Ground Hornbill
Ground Hornbill
Saddle Billed Stork
Saddle Billed Stork
Blacksmith Plover
Blacksmith Plover
We saw this little guy on the edge of the pans.
We saw this little guy on the edge of the pans.
Riding in The Beast was pretty dusty some days
Riding in The Beast was pretty dusty some days
A small flatdog - notice his back leg stretched toward the water to make a quick getaway.
A small "flatdog" - notice his back leg stretched toward the water to make a quick getaway.
And he's gone
And he's gone
This was the view at one camp.
This was the view at one camp.
Buzzard protecting his zebra (isn't this how you see buzzards portrayed in cartoons?
Buzzard protecting "his" zebra (isn't this how you see buzzards portrayed in cartoons?"
Bee-eater with dragonfly
Bee-eater with dragonfly
Carmine Bee-eaters
Carmine Bee-eaters
Bee-eaters do eat bees (and insects) and they breed in burrows in riverbanks.
Bee-eaters do eat bees (and insects) and they breed in burrows in riverbanks.
Egret
Egret
Little Bee-eater
Little Bee-eater
Vervet Monkey in a tree eating figs.
Vervet Monkey in a tree eating figs.
Malachite Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
New mom and new baby.
New mom and new baby.
Mom was trying to keep baby away from the water. Fun to watch.
Mom was trying to keep baby away from the water. Fun to watch.
Another Mom doing the same thing with a brand new baby.
Another Mom doing the same thing with a brand new baby.
The hippo pool
The hippo pool
Yellow-billed Stork drying his wings
Yellow-billed Stork drying his wings
Fish Eagle
Fish Eagle
Sable
Sable
Another fish eagle
Another fish eagle
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
Jacana - walking on the lily pads
Jacana - walking on the lily pads
Juvenile African Fish Eagle
Juvenile African Fish Eagle
Baby baboon transportation
Baby baboon transportation
It just didn't seem right seeing this out in the bush.
It just didn't seem right seeing this out in "the bush".
White Bellied Sunbird
White Bellied Sunbird
Why do they keep staring at us?
Why do they keep staring at us?
We saw a number of buildings like this.
We saw a number of buildings like this.
Jackal
Jackal
Jackal at a huge carcass.
Jackal at a huge carcass.
Northern Black Korhaan
Northern Black Korhaan
LBR with a bug. The perch is a tree stump that we think the elephants used as a scratching post and have worn smooth.
LBR with a bug. The perch is a tree stump that we think the elephants used as a scratching post and have worn smooth.
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
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Tawny Eagle
Tawny Eagle
3000 yr old baobab tree in Makgadikgadi Pans
3000 yr old baobab tree in Makgadikgadi Pans
To give you an idea of the size of this tree, I'm sitting at the base.
To give you an idea of the size of this tree, I'm sitting at the base.
Another image to show how big that tree is (or how small we are!)
Another image to show how big that tree is (or how small we are!)
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The ground crunched when you walked on it.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The ground "crunched" when you walked on it.
Can you see our camp in the background?
Can you see our camp in the background?
Our potty looks a little funny out there.
Our "potty" looks a little funny out there.
We all chose to sleep without a tent that night. So this is where we slept.
We all chose to sleep without a tent that night. So this is where we slept.
The camp staff cooked breakfast over the campfire (with The Beast in the background)
The camp staff cooked breakfast over the campfire (with "The Beast" in the background)
packing up camp to leave
packing up camp to leave
The whole camp
The whole camp
Elephant sunset
Elephant sunset
Lots of info here - the Two in the Bush Bar. the schoolboys on the donkey, the tin retail shop and the milk ad
Lots of info here - the Two in the Bush Bar. the schoolboys on the donkey, the tin "retail shop" and the milk ad
We saw a huge herd of cape buffalo
We saw a huge herd of cape buffalo
Mean looking old guy
Mean looking old guy
Other people found the same herd
Other people found the same herd
Cheetah, minding his own business
Cheetah, minding his own business
Ooops! I think we have been spotted.
Ooops! I think we have been spotted.
He had a gimpy leg. His mom was seen 3 weeks ago and she had a badly injured leg.
He had a gimpy leg. His mom was seen 3 weeks ago and she had a badly injured leg.
Just a pretty pose.
Just a pretty pose.
Not a great image but we did get to see the Secretary Bird
Not a great image but we did get to see the Secretary Bird
Another little guy we saw on the edge of the pans.
Another little guy we saw on the edge of the pans.
Boys fishing in the Okavango Delta (their pole broke a few minutes after this).
Boys fishing in the Okavango Delta (their pole broke a few minutes after this).
Too close to get the whole croc, so this is what I could get.
Too close to get the whole croc, so this is what I could get.
We didn't get to see the wild dogs in action, just taking a nap.
We didn't get to see the wild dogs in action, just taking a nap.
Another dog, another color
Another dog, another color
Look at those ears!
Look at those ears!
A couple of my compadres at the hippo pool.
A couple of my compadres at the hippo pool.
All 5 compadres.
All 5 compadres.
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CRW_0349-LION.jpg
young flatdog (croc)
young flatdog (croc)
Kingfisher with a fish
Kingfisher with a fish
Lion having a Zen moment
Lion having a Zen moment
Lion having a cat nap.
Lion having a cat nap.
A Pretzel -  they were necking, or fighting
A Pretzel - they were necking, or fighting
Fighting Impala
Fighting Impala
Giraffes in golden light
Giraffes in golden light
Same ele as the other picture, just a few minutes earlier
Same ele as the other picture, just a few minutes earlier
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lions drinking -0119.jpg
lions drinking -0119.jpg
lions drinking -0119.jpg