Botswana’s Little Birds and BIG COLORS

One of the pleasant surprises of my trips to southern Africa and Botswana in particular were the small birds.  Coming from a place in America where blue jays and cardinals were considered colorful, I was surprised by the variety of colors in the small birds.  While you may be going to see the ‘big 5’, do not overlook the small birds (and for that matter other small animals) you will encounter on your trip.  A special thanks to Harold Hester and the folks at Birds of Botswana for helping me identify these birds. Here are just a few for you to enjoy:

Blue Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Blue Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Greater Blue-eared glossy starling - copyright 2009: P. B. Eeazer

Greater Blue-eared glossy starling - copyright 2009: P. B. Eeazermore Greater Blue-eared glossy starlings

more Greater Blue-eared glossy starlings

Greater Blue-eared glossy starlings in different lighting - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Black Cheeked Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Black Cheeked Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Violet Eared Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Violet Eared Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Violet Eared Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Violet Eared Waxbill - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Lilac breasted roller - copyright 2009: Justin D. Eleazer

Lilac breasted roller - copyright 2009: Justin D. Eleazer

Sorry, I don't have an ID yet on this bird yet - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

Marico Sunbird - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

a little photo trickery, these two are actually the same bird, with images merged so you can see a front and side view.  Sorry, don't have an ID on this bird yet. - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

a little photo trickery, these two are actually the same bird, with images merged so you can see a front and side view.white-browed robin-chat . - copyright 2009: P. B. Eleazer

2 comments for “Botswana’s Little Birds and BIG COLORS

  1. Harold Hester
    November 19, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Buddy,

    You are an absolute star who runs a wonderful website. Congratulations.

    Kind regards

    Harold Hester

  2. Harold Hester
    November 19, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Buddy,

    You are an absolute star who runs a wonderful website. Congratulations.

    Kind regards

    Harold Hester

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