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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Zambezi and Chobe Collection

I have returned from my trip and managed to capture some great images.

The highlight was without a doubt spending 7 days on a houseboat cruising the Chobe river. I had my own guide and boat for most of the time and spend hours photographing the phenomenal mammal and bird life.

Below is a collection of images from the trip, enjoy.

A Coppery-Tailed Coucal in flight.

The African Openbill one of the most bizarre looking members of the stork family.

Sunset over the Chobe River.

I was lying flat on the speed boat to get a low-angle image of this elephant bull on the banks of the Chobe river.

The rare and elusive Pel's Fishing owl photographed on Impalali Island, Caprivi Namibia.

Local fisherman on the Zambezi river in search of fish the staple diet of many people living along Africa's mighty rivers.

The Pied Kingfisher one of the most common birds of the Chobe region.

Large troops of baboons spend their lifes on the banks of the Chobe river.

A male Masked Weaver busy weaving his nest at the Victoria Falls in Zambia.

One of my favorite birds the brightly colored Pygmy Geese takes off after being flushed by my presence.

A herd of Cape Buffalo trapped on an island between Botswana and Namibia, notice the lady with a bundle of fire wood on her head in the background. Minutes later the buffalo was surrounded by big clouds of smoke from fires that the locals start every season to encourage re growth of the vegetation.

A Pied Kingfisher takes off in pursue of its prey a small fish.

The Black-Shouldered Kite a small raptor mobs the majestic African Fish Eagle on the Banks of the Chobe River.
An Elephant cow raises her trunk to sniff me, I was meters away from her and decided to use a wide-angle lens to portray the open habitat of the Chobe water front.

The elusive Sqaucco Heron hides in thick grass and reeds to conceal it's presence.

A male Kudu running on the banks of the Chobe river.

The Chobe and Zambezi river ecosystem is home to hundreds of thousands of birds and at dawn they roost in the numerous dead trees.

A baby Vervet monkey and it's mother completely at ease with my presence.

The Giant Kingfisher one of the numerous species of Kingfishers found in the Chobe NP.

Caprivi fisherman hard at work in early morning light.


Lee Whittam said...

hi Marius,looks like a good trip,it really is a fantastic place to get close ups of the game/birds as they are used to the boat which helps no end as you know!-lik ethe buff/lady in background image!

Isak Pretorius said...

Lovely images Marius! Looks like you had an awesome trip!

Matthew said...

Hi Marius. That Coppery-Tailed Coucal is an amazing pic! Looks like you had some good fun.

Ryan said...

Have to agree with Matt. The Coucal is incredible.

David said...

Hi Marius,

Great photos - thanks.

The Chobe River is one of my favourite places.

See you in April.


David Blumberg

Marius Coetzee Photography said...

Thanks for your comments gents, was indeed a great trip!!

Morkel Erasmus said...

lovely images bud. glad you enjoyed it!