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Back to see my friends at @wild.wheels and Hi -Range Safari City in #gaborone today. Just shoring up our recovery equipment before a big solo trip to the #CKGR with the #Pajero. @frontrunneroutfitters @frontrunnerza @oppositelockza @oppositelock4x4 #centralkalaharigamereserve #offroad #equipped #overland #overlanding #overlandafrica #mitsubishipajero #onourown #botswana #4x4 (PSSST. Their new showroom is under construction 🚧, but Hi Range still has all the overland and off-road tools you need to travel safely and well in the African #wilderness .) @bjclaassen69 @chrtho83 #kudu #carpaccio @no1ladiescoffeehouse in #gaborone #botswana #lunch #game #expatlife #mmmmm New @goodyear #allterrains for the #Pajero. Super Tyres in #gaborone = top notch service and excellent prices. And, I love the smell of a tire shop😀😀 #newshoes #shoesmaketheman #tires #tyres #kevlar #adventure #overland #botswana #offroad (Thanks @bill.edwards.10297 !) On our big #overland #adventure through southern #africa the RSi @smartcanopy on our @wild.wheels #landcruiser was our constant companion. Dust free, rock solid, secure, and super convenient, it was the one piece of equipment we used more than any other on a daily basis. The stainless steel canopy worked so well, we never gave it a second thought - which is what a well-engineered product should do. #africaoverland #overlanding #4x4 #smartcanopy w/ @cosedivine @sa4x4

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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.


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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