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Like clockwork, the predictions I made only 10 months ago about the future of our public lands have come to pass (the only thing I really missed was Palin instead of Zinke). But the call to action remains the same. Even beyond the immediate threats to Bears Ears and other NMs, the radical threat to precedent that Zinke's proposals represent could undermine public lands for generations.  #publiclands #bearsears #callyourrep #publiclandsinpublichands #publiclandsinpublicpaws https://mtdrift.com/2016/11/15/land-poverty-the-future-of-american-public-lands/ @cosedivine waiting for sundown at the waterhole, 9/9/2017 #mokolodinaturereserve #waterhole #wildlife #botswana #mitsubishipajero #4x4 #overlanders One of the driving conventions in Botswana that is hard to get used to: 
Drivers will gladly putter along at 20 kmph under the posted speed limit on very deserted roads, carefully dodging every pothole... and then floor it to blast through a traffic light that's already been red for 5, 6, 7, ... 10 seconds. 😬It's mind boggling. #expatlife #botswana #gaborone #traffic #checkyoursix #deathwish #bepatient This cat? This cat has seen some s**t. He'll tell you about it if you go for dinner at the #bullandbush in #gaborone #botswana #expatlife #catsofinstagram #what? #dinner #cats #vangogh #begging @cosedivine

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Welcome to Beasts of Botswana, an occasional series where we profile some of our favorite furred, feathered, scaled, and leafed friends here in southern Africa. We are not naturalists by any stretch, but we like to give a nod and a fist bump to the creatures that make living here so amazing. This week, the southern yellow-billed hornbill – photos by Julie, words by Steve.

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Hornbills are one of our favorite African birds for two reasons: they are both curious and patient.

They are curious enough that they don’t scare easily, and patient enough to be exceptionally photogenic. The yellow-billed hornbill’s ramrod posture, tiny legs, and side-eye gaze give it the air of an Oxford Don. A very dusty one. It roosts and nests in the shorter trees of the southern African woodlands.

This is a confident bird, and he is not spooked easily. They spend most of their time on the ground foraging for whatever food they can find. A true omnivore, they consume the spectrum of edibles, from seeds to small lizards. As a result, it also tends to hang around the big mammals in the Botswana velds and deserts – so when you encounter a hornbill, it’s not unusual to run across larger, if less dignified, creatures.

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