Saturday, 14 November 2015

Hey That's Zambia Across the River....

A quick check of the lodge’s gardens began with a perched African Goshawk above our cabins, followed by Violet-eared Waxbill, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Southern Black Tit, Chinspot Batis, a showy Terrestrial Brownbul, as well as some previously seen species. 

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Terrestrial Brownbul - stunner isn't it...?
Yellow-bellied Greenbul

After breakfast we loaded the luggage into the trailer and set off along the Caprivi Strip for some 340kms, making a few stops along the way during which we found Green-capped Eremomela, a cracking little Cape Penduline-Tit, our first Shikra, and Lesser Grey Shrike

Cape Penduline-Tit

However, our best find was a pair of Racket-tailed Rollers that Charly called in and we watched them in a dazzling display flight with one bird flying high up into the sky before closing their wings and plummeting down to earth like a bullet. Simply stunning. With temperatures in the high 30’s we had a picnic lunch before continuing along the Caprivi Strip to our excellent lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Racket-tailed Roller

Birding here was superb with a pair of Brown-hooded Kingfishers showing really well in the trees below the decking overlooking the river and a few White-crowned Lapwings inhabiting the sandbank on the Zambia side of the river. 

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

In the front garden a pair of Olive Woodpeckers was a big surprise and a lifer for me. 

Olive Woodpecker

We walked across a field to some large trees where at least 4 Schalow’s Turacos were busy flying around and we had excellent views as they came right towards us and pounced around in the canopy above us. 

Schalow's Turaco - what a stunner!

A Crested Barbet also put in an appearance despite the attentions of a Black-collared Barbet that kept trying to chase it away and a Golden-tailed Woodpecker also showed well. 

Golden-tailed Woodpecker 

And after dinner we spotlighted an African Wood Owl that flew in and landed on some telegraph wires right above our heads.

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