Greetings bush lovers!
This week I have introduced a new mammal and bird category. The mammal category is Lechwe, to be more specific the Red Lechwe, an antelope which is found on the open floodplains of Northern Botswana from the Okavango to the Chobe. Lechwe run into water to avoid predators. They are exceptionally fast powerful runners through shallow water.
The other antelope specific to Northern Botswana-Southern Zambia is the Puku which has quite a different face and is not nearly as good looking at the Lechwe – but they are for another time.
The bird category is the Lapwing family. I have included Thicknees in this grouping because you usually see them in the same places as Lapwings.
There is quite a big family of Lapwings (previously known as Plovers).Lapwings are very colourful and can be quite aggressive, dive bombing you if you get to close to their nest, which is usually on the ground and quite difficult to see.
The Water Thicknees do no appear to be nearly so aggressive. They are usually sleeping on the side of the river bank during the day as they are nocturnal. Those big watery eyes are ideal for seeing at night. Their colouring make ideal camouflage. You often don’t see them until they move.
The Lapwings and Thichknees kneal down in a smiliar way to storks with the knee bending forward.
I hope you liked the additions. There is more to come next week.
I hope you get a chance to get into the bush soon – food for the soul.