Victoria Falls Birding

by Stuartbarbara March. 09, 2012 1980 views

We took a birdwatching cruise this morning on the Zambezi River above the falls with two other people and a highly knowledgeable guide. Lots to see and photograph, though being in a pontoon boat on a fast flowing river made for interesting challenges. Here are a few birds we sighted.

Great White Egret

Black Egret with its yellow feet and long back feathers

Red Bishop finch

Open-billed stork. The gap between the mandibles forms in mature birds who feed on fresh water mussels and snails.

Wire-winged swallow

Little bee-eater

White-fronted bee-eater

Eggs are probably from a bee-eater

A family of hippos watched us pass

White-crowned plover or lapwing

Malachite kingfisher

This small crocodile let the pontoon boat get quite close before he dashed very quickly to the shore and jumped in.

Spotted dikkop or thick-knee

Hamerkop

African pied wagtail

Egyptian goose

Cattle egret

The Smoke that Thunders. Looking for all the world like a forest fire, the spray of Victoria Falls is clearly seen against rainclouds.

Sacred ibis

Fish eagle

A spotted reedbok watched us cautiously from near the shore. It lives on one of the small islands in the river. Reedbok and monkeys were introduced there by the Zambian govenment, we were told.

Blue waxwing singing his heart out.

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Sam Aldrin 5 years, 6 months ago

nice bird pics

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