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