Crocodiles lined the banks and could sporadically be seen as eyes and heads above the water as they cruised along in the rivers. Waterbirds were abundant, especially on the Chongwe: open-billed storks, Egyptian geese, fishing eagles, herons and egrets, thick-knees, jacanas, sandpipers, hawks, and so many others. But on our first river safari, we were in search of a colony of bee-eaters who nest in holes they dig into the high sand banks along the river. There were carmine bee-eaters galore, flitting, fishing and flying deftly into the small openings of the nests to feed the young. They are beautiful birds whether perching or flying and their activities were fascinating to observe. Some white- fronted and little bee- eaters were visible as well.
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