In Feb/March, Nikon's BATV traveled to Botswana to film four episodes on the birds of Botswana. We were escorted through several parts of the country by Dawson Ramsden of the Botswana Tourism Organization, reveling in the great people and good food of Botswana while staying in fantastic lodges and camps along the way.
In our four-part series, which started airing last week, James takes viewers (hopefully that includes YOU) on a sunset cruise down the Chobe River where you will have the opportunity to see Long-toed Lapwings and African Fish-eagles, hippos bathing, and monitor lizards and Nile Crocodiles.
In show 2 you'll be treated to an intimate view of the famed Okavanga Delta, a watery oasis where the crew managed to film one of the largest and rarest owls, the Pel's Fishing Owl. Here, you'll also see footage of one of the delta's specialty birds - the beautiful Slaty Egret.
In show 3 the crew moves on to Jack's Camp at Makgadikgadi Pans, which was once the world's largest prehistorical lake, but is now an arid salt pan fringed by grasslands and Mopane thickets. Here, James will introduce you to a variety of wildlife not present in other parts of Botswana, such as Rufous-naped Larks, Burchell's Sandgrouse, Double-banded Coursers and other birds adapted to arid habitats.
Show 4 moves with the crew onto the Moremi Game Reserve in Chitabe, where you'll watch in awe as James and a local expert track leopards through the bush for hours, eventually finding them lying in the shade of a tree feeding on an impala. You'll catch glimpse of birds such as Red-billed Oxpeckers, Egyptian Goose, Bateleurs, Gabar Goshawk, Wattled Cranes and you'll see spectacular mammals in their element, such as tall, ambling giraffes and a pride of eight lions on a kill.
The second of the 4-part series airs TODAY, MONDAY APRIL 30th, at 10.00 am EST on NBC SportsNetwork. This episode will reair at 2.30 pm EST on Tuesday. If you missed the first episode you can catch it again at the times listed in our schedule below.
We are VERY excited about our Botswana series, and hope you'll tune in TODAY or set your TIVOs, and tell your friends.
For travel information on Botswana, please visit the Botswana tourism site. Many thanks to Botswana Tourism Organization for sponsoring these episodes. It was a great honor to work here.
|BIRDING ADVENTURES TV BOTSWANA EPISODE 2