birds and cameras

So a comment last night asked about camera or iPhone.

I ordered this and it eventually arrived. Nikon P950

I’ve seen a couple of them around. The impressive thing is the compact 2000mm telephoto, and the stabilization. For instance this is a handheld moon pic

Not awesome sharp, but pretty good. Very handy for wildlife photography around here which is why I bought it.

So here’s a pic off my deck with no zoom

And in the dead tree on the left, in the pic above, a cormorant at full zoom, which you can barely even see without it

Pretty cool, eh?

Here are more cormorants in the same tree near sundown. Spreading their wings to catch the last of the rays

Then I got the new iPhone SE as my iPhone 5c battery was dead. It’s changed my life: I take pics all the time with it. Here’s a pic from the deck of my favorite pub, which a friend of mine owns


I’ve never really cared for photography and I’m not about to start taking it seriously now. For me there are too many more interesting things to get keen about. But here in the Delta, it’s nice to be able to record certain things.

I’ve resolved to say something interesting about the birds and animals I post here since the previous 1/2 dozen posts haven’t been that interesting. Soooo, here’s the Pied kingfisher. Maun and the Delta are infested with them. It’s far from the most glamorous kingfisher here, but it has pride of place in Carl Linneaus’s 1758 book Systema Naturae. It hovers in place before diving for a target fish. Video taken form my deck in the same dead tree as the cormorant above.

This was an unexpected surprise this morning. It appeared right behind my deck when I was taking other bird pics. A Golden-tailed woodpecker. It’s small, only 4 or 5″ long. It’s also notable for defending a large territory, 10 to 15 hectares.

Because the gold doesn’t show well in the video, here’s a screen grab from another video clip that was out of focus

Go siame


There are 2 species of jacana in the Delta. This is the African jacana


There are 7 species of hornbill here. This pair of orange billed hornbills have been living on and around my truck since they first discovered the wing mirror months ago

Little egret

There are a few egret species in the Delta, from the common (cattle egret) to the very rare (slaty egret)

From my deck

Golden weaver

Photographed at the same place as the previous bird shots. More on that later

Burchell’s starling

Back in Botswana.

This normally noisy bird hangs out in groups of 3 or 4. A friend of mine from Zimbabwe adopted an injured one

Taken here

cross border, yay

My last time out of the country was June of last year.

The land border with Namibia is open. But you need proof of a negative Covid test, taken within the last 72 hours. So here we go again, my 2nd. As my middle daughter calls it, a brain swab

That’s my friend and Dr, Lucas, btw

We’re just winding down the rainy season. The heaviest in 30 years. So still some water around

Lots of pretty flooding


And of course

And into Windhoek

Sorry, my GPS is in the truck, have to post a lo-info google map