Birds were any important part of our life in Botswana, even in the city, and you can see birds on the Okavango, Chobe, Kgalagadi and other pages. There are so many wonderfully coloured birds that even Alan & I got into bird watching, on a modest scale.
ABOVE: A Kori Bustard - the national bird of Botswana and one of the largest flying birds.
BELOW: A booted eagle (I think).
RIGHT: A masked weaver building his nest to the meticulous standards of his intended.
BELOW: Crimson breasted strike - easy to spot, but it loves hopping around in the middle of trees & bushes, to the photographer's frustration.
ABOVE: Magpie (African longtailed) shrike
ABOVE LEFT: Shaft-tailed whydah
LEFT: Starling - common, but still wonderful birds
BELOW: Swallow-tailed bee-eater.
ABOVE: Red-crested korhaan
ABOVE LEFT: Red-billed hornbill, which is fairly common
LEFT: Southern ground hornhill, which is on the list of threatened birds
ABOVE: Black-collared barbet.
ABOVE RIGHT: Crested barbet
LEFT: A hoo-poo, which has a lovely flash of chestnut wings when it flies.
RIGHT: Woodland kingfisher - which has a lovely flash of blue when it flies.
BELOW LEFT: Pied kingfisher.
BELOW: Yellow-billed storks learning to fly. Lots of different types of water-birds nest in 'heronries'. The bird to the left has the pink plumage it gets in the mating season (it's normally white). The young ones test their wings flapping up a couple of feet and down again. See also the marabou stork & young on the Okavango page.
ABOVE: Saddle-billed stork
BELOW, RIGHT: African Skimmer - which is endangered, partly because of its tendency to nest on crocodile's day-beds. The name comes from the bird's skimming low across the water to catch insects.
Other birds are egrets and darters.