One last post to round off the birds we spotted at Chobe National Park. I’m running out of bird captions!
Hamerkop. I’m guessing this bird got its name because the backwards crest makes its head look like a hammer. It is a common resident around freshwater areas.
Greater blue-eared starling. Very glossy greenish sheen on the feathers that changes color in the light.
Yellow canary. This is one of several varieties of canary in southern Africa.
Magpie shrike. It might be hard to notice the long tail hanging down in this picture, but that feature makes it very easy to identify this black and white bird, a common resident of Botswana.
Long-toed lapwing. Another lapwing checked off the list! This bird is much less common than the blacksmith lapwing and can be found mainly in the Okavango Delta and Chobe River System.
Squacco heron. This heron’s habitat is freshwater shorelines.
Black-crowned night-heron. My best guess for this bird. They are usually nocturnal.
Wire-tailed swallow. This little bird decided to take a ride on the bow of our our tour boat on the way out of Chobe National Park. They are usually found in pairs.