We begin our April gallery with this lovely image by participant Cliff Hensel of a Lilac-breasted Roller, one of the quintessential birds of Africa and among the many highlights from our Namibia & Botswana tour with guide Terry Stevenson.
Namibia is famed for its immense dunes, with many exceeding 200 meters in height, among the tallest in the world. Birding bonus: Dune Lark! Photo by participant Martha Vandervoort.
Not to be outshone by the opening roller, this Southern Carmine Bee-eater is dazzling in its own right. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
Participant Cliff Hensel also shared this striking image of a White-quilled Bustard.
We stay at some lovely spots on the tour. Here's the walkway at the Baines Camp in Botswana. Photo by participant Martha Vandervoort.
This pair of Dickinson's Kestrels seem to be sharing an intimate moment. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
These two unusual shades of green and rust make for a quite attractive Black Coucal. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
Pel's Fishing-Owl is a much-wanted bird on any Namibia & Botswana tour -- it's a worthy quest, as this image by participant Cliff Hensel shows.
The characteristic gap in the beak of this African Openbill is thought to be an adaptation to feeding on their favorite food: snails. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
This Double-banded Courser may not be as colorful as the rollers and bee-eaters, but it is no less beautiful. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
That's quite an unusual shade of blue on this Southern Cordonbleu, photographed by participant Cliff Hensel.
This African Wood-Owl watched us as intently as we watched it. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
Our Namibia & Botswana tour is loaded with charismatic megafauna like this Leopard. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
Local guide Orlando having a scan about. Photo by participant Cliff Hensel.
More megafauna: a fine Lioness photographed by participant Martha Vandervoort.
We wrap up our Namibia/Botswana images with this flock of Rosy-faced Lovebirds by participant Martha Vandervoort.
Leaving Africa behind, let's head to Asia for some highlights from our Cambodia tour. One of the most exotic scenes imaginable, the ruins of ancient Angkor are a powerful presence. Photo by guide Phil Gregory.
The school "bus" takes on a whole new meaning when you live in a floating village! Photo by guide Phil Gregory.
Part of the fun of birding travel is seeing how other folks do things. How many pigs can you balance on your motorbike? Photo by guide Phil Gregory.
It's not hard to pick out the Red-headed Vulture in this crowd. Photo by guide Phil Gregory.
Guide Phil Gregory captured this image of an Oriental Honey-buzzard.
This Asian Golden Weaver is in the early stages of nest building, having completed a starter ring. Photo by guide Phil Gregory.
Our group was thankful this Indian Nightjar held tight in the spotlight. Check out those rictal bristles! Photo by guide Phil Gregory.
An elegantly attired White-throated Rock-Thrush, photographed by guide Phil Gregory.
Leaving Asia behind, our next stop is on our Brazil Nutshell tour. This adventure features three premier birding venues, one being world-famous Iguazu Falls. Photo by participant Bonnie Schwartz.
Another site is the lovely mountains of Intervales State Park in the Atlantic Forest biome. This region is renowned for its rich endemism. Photo by participant Liz Rohde.
Our third main stop on the Brazil Nutshell tour is in the vast wetlands of the Pantanal, where a boat ride brings a refreshing breeze to complement the great birding. Photo by participant Charm Peterman.
One of the signature species for the Pantanal region is the magnificent Hyacinth Macaw, three feet long from head to tail. Photo by participant Charm Peterman.
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