In the morning we watched a team of swallows build a nest under the thatched roof of our cabin.
A swallow with mud in its mouth would land on the railing.
When the nest was free, the waiting bird would fly into the nest, turn around, stick its head out, deposit the mud onto the edge of the nest, and fly out to make room for the next swallow.
On the boat ride we saw these hadeda ibises.
Our guide explained how elephants eat tree bark, using their tusks to scrape bark off trees. Elephant tusks are powerful and sharp.
After landing at Moremi, we did a game drive to camp. These two elephants wrapped their trunks around each other.
In this swampy area, a yellow-billed stork is hunting for frogs and other small animals.
The stork spreads its wing to cast a shadow and make it easier to spot animals in the water.
We stopped for a herd of impalas, a kind of antelope, on the road. Two hundred meters later we arrived in camp.
In the camp our tents fronted on a lake, and in the distance ears were sticking out of the water. Our camp was next to a lake with hippos! The photo below was taken from near our tent — we had to stay within the camp. A hippo is exhaling, sending a puff of water vapor into the air like a whale. I’ve since read that explosive exhaling is a threat display, but we didn’t know this at the time. So we enjoyed the lake and hippos.
We did look around camp for grass. At night hippos graze on grass lawns at our lodge in the Okavango Delta. We were told to stay in our cabins until after sunrise. We heard hippos grunting from the grass area behind our cabin, and people saw hippo footprints on the sandy path by our cabin. On that day’s boat ride, we stopped at a remote island with a grassy interior that was mown down. Our guide confirmed that hippos keep the grass short.