On our way from Sunday Pan in the Kalahari, we took a small detour to check if a lion couple we’d seen earlier in the day woke up yet. The lion were still there, still sleeping and immobile, so the loud screeching of weaver birds overhead seemed so unnecessary to us in light of the threat the lions did not pose. But our guide knew. “There must be a snake. Let’s check the branches.” One circle around the tree revealed a surprising slither of green… a brilliantly colored boomslang (Dispholidus typus) with his head in bird nests. The little birds valiantly screamed and dive-bombed the snake, at times pinching and tugging his tail. Finally after a few well placed tugs, the snake had enough and started his descent. We never knew for sure what damage the boomslang did in the nests but his mid-section looked suspiciously thicker (an egg-sized swelling?) than the rest of his slender body.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Handheld at Focal length 350mm, Exposure 1/4000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800


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africa, botswana, kalahari plains camp, central kalahari game reserve, sylvia j zarco, owed to nature, wildlife, animal, snake, boomslang

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureabout 1 month ago

    Description by  Owed to Nature

  • On our way from Sunday Pan in the Kalahari, we took a small detour to check if a lion couple we’d seen earlier in the day woke up yet. The lion were still there, still sleeping and immobile, so the loud screeching of weaver birds overhead seemed so unnecessary to us in light of the threat the lions did not pose. But our guide knew. “There must be a snake. Let’s check the branches.” One circle around the tree revealed a surprising slither of green… a brilliantly colored boomslang (Dispholidus typus) with his head in bird nests. The little birds valiantly screamed and dive-bombed the snake, at times pinching and tugging his tail. Finally after a few well placed tugs, the snake had enough and started his descent. We never knew for sure what damage the boomslang did in the nests but his mid-section looked suspiciously thicker (an egg-sized swelling?) than the rest of his slender body.


    Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
     

    – Owed to Nature


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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 1 month ago

    that,s nature l suppose, snakes are one thing l,m afraid of xx

  • Yes I suppose it is. Of all nature’s creatures, I’m not crazy about snakes either. But thank goodness for zoom lenses… made it possible (and safer) to investigate an encounter unlike anything we’d seen before and to appreciate the beautiful colors of this slithery African hunter. Thanks for overcoming your fear to look and comment on this one Lynn! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 month ago

    Well done indeed

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 1 month ago


    2014/08/03 × 24hrs
    Stunning capture Sylvia, looks as if he/she had a feast already !

  • He/she certainly does! No visible “lumps” but that “belly” sure looks big and green to me. ;-) Thank you Maggie!

    – Owed to Nature

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaamsabout 1 month ago

    Beautiful!

  • Not everyone likes snakes but I found this one’s color so beautiful. So glad you do too… Thank you Thea!

    – Owed to Nature

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