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African Crocodile in Botswana, Chobe River Chobe National park
 
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Darter

The Darter is a fairly common, but localized resident. It is thick-necked and cormorant-like water bird with straight, unhooked bill. They catch fish under water by impaling them on their dagger-like bills, surfacing to swallow them. They swim with the body mostly submerged, only the long head and neck protruding above the surface, hence the popular name "snake bird". Adult has lower neck rufous, upper neck dark brown with a white line extending backwards from the bill. It has upperparts with long and gold-buff plumes. The young bird, from nesting to immature, is buff coloured.

The body feathers of the darter, like those of the cormorants, become saturated when the bird dives so that it retains only slight positive buoyancy. Thus, diving is not particularly difficult and the bird can easily stay under water. This advantage is offset by the fact that the bird loses body-heat to the water much more rapidly than, say, a duck would. Therefore, after a spell of fishing the darter must come out of the water, dry itself and, if possible, absorb some heat from the sun. Like cormorants the darter perches with wings outspread to dry. The birds have a black skin, which facilitates heat absorption. Darters nest in colonies at some distance from other species. The nest is a fairly substantial platform of sticks and twigs about 50cm in diametre. As nesting proceeds, the whole nest is "whitewashed" with the birds' excreta. The chicks have incredibly long necks, which they raise when the adult arrives with food. The food is carried in the crop and regurgitated directly into the chick's bill.

Singly or in pairs, they are found on large waters and rivers, being most frequent in the Okavango Delta and Chobe regions.


 

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Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa

Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls

Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Black Mamba - Cape Cobra - Chameleon - Gecko - Leopard Tortoise - Monitor Lizard - Mozambican Cobra - Puff Adder