Sunrise In Botswana
Recordist/Credit: Derek Solomon
Notes from the Recordist:
GPS 22.07.46.6S 29.06.08.8E. Elevation 1800 ft. (546 m). Recorded on 21Feb09 starting at 0545 hrs.
Chacma Baboons greet the dawn
in Mashatu Game Reserve in south-eastern Botswana. Minutes later the bird chorus
starts with the loud piping call of a Grey Hornbill. Fork-tailed Drongo,
Red-billed Buffalo Weavers, Cape Turtle & Laughing Doves compete with the
hornbill. Other sunrise birds include Black-headed Oriole, Natal and Swainson's
Spurfowl, Dark-backed Puffback and Meves's Starling. The baboons bark again in
the background a while later. A Tropical Boubou calls 'poop' at regular intervals
and a Crested Barbet starts its alarm clock call. Other birds include a flock of
Red-billed Quelea flying overhead, Southern Black Tit, Green Pigeon, and a Grey Go-away-bird. As more Go-away-birds arrive, several give their growling contact
calls followed by a Yellow-billed Hornbill calls.
SUNRISE IN BOTSWANA
A Woodland Kingfisher
gives a loud trill as it displays from the top of tall tree. A little later a
Fork-tailed Drongo gives several harsh notes. Other birds include a African
Paradise Flycatcher and Red-eyed Doves, who start to call. Southern Carmine
Bee-eaters also call as they fly overhead.
A Pied Kingfisher flies past and a
Diederick Cuckoo calls in the background a little later. The loud piercing calls
are from a flock of Meyer's Parrots followed by a Hadeda Ibis.
Meves's Starlings react to a predator in bushes across river and several Grey
Go-away-birds to help harass what might be a snake or a mongoose. They are then
joined by a family of Arrow-marked Babblers helping to mob the predator. All
three species call together and then a Yellow-billed Hornbill starts its
Every now and then, a Golden-tailed Woodpecker gives a
single note. A Tree Squirrel gives its chucking alarm call and then several give
contact calls. Other calls come from a party of Yellow-breasted Apalis, a
Dark-capped Bulbul, Black-backed Puffback. At the end the Drongo's display above
the riverbed and a Boubou cries out. Then Red-eyed Dove. A Swainson's Spurfowl
takes alarm and flies off.
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