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Savuti Marsh Area (Chobe National Park) - Botswana
"Botswana Skies" I really enjoy Star photography and having access to completely black nights with no light pollution is great ! Have a look on the link to read a few tips on how I set up and shoot the stars andrewschoeman.photium.com/photographing-stars-and-star-t... this image was photographed with andBeyond in Botswana.
The impala is one of the most common and most graceful of all Africa’s antelopes. A slender, agile creature, it can clear formidable obstacles and run at speeds faster than 60km/h. They are fleet runners who can leap up to 10m in length and 3m in height. They use their tremendous speed and agility to avoid predation, and seemingly for pure enjoyment.
Males are known as rams, while females are referred to as ewes and have no horns. Male impalas have Lyre-shaped and ringed horns, up to 75cm long. The male’s horns can take many years to reach full length, which is why young animals are unlikely to establish a dominant position and breeding territory.
Late April into May is a time when strange sounds echo across the northern Botswana wilderness. The sounds resemble rumbling roars and snorting. These are the sounds of male impala during the rutting [mating] season. Male impala are extremely busy at this time of the year - mating with the females in his harem while trying to keep other males away.
Male impalas produce a scent from a gland on their foreheads to advertise their status to rivals. When he loses his rank, a male produces less scent. Males will fight for status and territory throughout the mating season, using their antlers as weapons. (Sources: multiple sites)
I have not seen them in this pose before .
Khwai private concession - Botswana 2015.
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Kazinkini - Botswana 2015.
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The most beautiful bird in the world
Chobe National Park (Botswana)
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The classic Leopard image is that of an animal draped on a branch in a tall tree. Although Leopards do spend time in trees, this image can be a little misleading as in many places where Leopards occur, such as the Central Kalahari, the trees are not suitable for climbing and the animals spend all the time of the ground. (Source: Siyabona Africa)
The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards can also hunt from trees, where their spotted coats allow them to blend with the leaves until they spring with a deadly pounce.
These nocturnal predators also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass. Leopards are strong swimmers and very much at home in the water, where they sometimes eat fish and crabs. (Source: National Geographic)
Some awesome elephants in Botswana... definitely my favorite animal other than my dog Blueberry!
The sun sets through the Acacia Thorn trees in Chobe Park at the end of our afternoon game drive.
This shot was taken just moments after my first post from the trip, but at 1200mm for a tighter view through the trees on a ridge in the distance. The other, in comments below, was at 270mm. The slight shift is because the land rover was slowly moving as I clicked away.
I have heard that those who have been forced into the "new flickr experience" can still see the previous format by clicking "francais" at the bottom of the screen, and viewing the French version. Is this true?
Khwai Botswana 2015.
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There is something so magical about the sunsets in Botswana. Whether you’re in the Okavango Delta, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, or enjoying the watery world of the Chobe river, there is one thing that remains consistent; the raw beauty of this incredible destination.
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Image taken from a canoe poled by a Mokoro boatman thru one of the deeper streams of water caused by the beginning of seasonal rains found in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
The marbled reed frog or painted reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus) is a species of frogs in the Hyperoliidae family found in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe, and Botswana, Lesotho, and Tanzania. It occurs in a wide range of natural habitats, including forests, savannas, shrublands, grasslands, rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, and intermittent freshwater lakes. It coexists well with humans, and is also found in pastureland, rural gardens, and urban areas. Its range appears to be expanding to the winter rainfall area of the Western Cape.
Okavango Delta, Botswana at sunset. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and is teeming with wildlife. The trees in the distance mark the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve, where me, my wife and our guide spent three nights camping alone in the bush with no neighbors except for elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes, lions, leopards, and countless bird species. It was an amazing wilderness experience!
To get to our campsite at Chief Island, our guide used a pole to push us along in a traditional mokoro canoe, which is shown in the foreground. Mokoros are carved locally out of a single piece of wood. If you ever have a chance to take a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta, especially an overnight trip in the bush, then by all means do it! It's a wonderful experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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Kazinkini -Botswana 2015.
Posing for the camera and all looking the same way , which makes a change.
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Kazinkini - Botswana 2015 .
Pearl spotted owlet's are one of Southern Africa's smallest owls. They are 'earless' owls. They have mock eyes at the back of their heads. This will confuse the predator as to which way the owl is facing.
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Sentinel-2A takes us over part of Botswana’s Central District in this false-colour image captured on 22 March 2016.
Rivers and roads cut through the landscape, while the bright, circular areas represent villages where the vegetation has been cleared away. Areas of thicker vegetation appear red, such as in the fields or along the bottom of the image in the Tswapong Hills south of the Lotsane River.
On the river we can see a large reservoir with a dam at its eastern end. Completed in 2012, this dam was built to provide drinking water to the local people and irrigate some 250 hectares for a horticultural project. Last month, the dam nearly reached its capacity following seasonal downpours.
The multispectral instrument on the Sentinel-2A satellite can provide measurements of sediment and chlorophyll content of the water and detect changes, and can therefore support the sustainable management of water resources.
The circular structure in the upper-right corner of the image is a crater formed when a meteorite hit Earth up to 180 million years ago. It measures about 3.4 km across.
Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission for Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring programme. The first satellite, Sentinel-2A, has been in orbit since June 2015, and its twin, Sentinel-2B, is set for launch on 7 March.
This image is also featured on the Earth from Space video programme.
Credit: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016), processed by ESA
5th in a series of images taken in the Okavanga Delta in Botswana