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"To describe convincingly the sheer magic of the Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana is an impossible task. You can tell people that the magnificent Chobe River sustains the largest population of African elephants in the world. You can describe the adrenaline rush of photographing hippos at eye-level, or tell of the kingfishers hovering overhead and the comical behaviour of Chacma baboons as they cross the river. But somehow your efforts to convey Chobe’s magic will always fall short of the real experience."

So says Lou Coetzer, who has been visiting Chobe for over two decades, witnessing nature’s dramas unfolding before his eyes in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife regions.

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African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick, one day, standing on leaf, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick, one day, standing on leaf, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
Two Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Two Hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus amphibius) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Tiger fish fights back by  biting back of throat of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) that is trying to catch it, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Tiger fish fights back by biting back of throat of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) that is trying to catch it, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) feeding on Tiger fish, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) feeding on Tiger fish, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Bull African elephants (Loxodonta africana) spread out on the banks of the Chobe River, Botswana, October, Vulnerable species. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Bull African elephants (Loxodonta africana) spread out on the banks of the Chobe River, Botswana, October, Vulnerable species.
Two young Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) playing, Chobe River, Botswana, August. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Two young Waterbucks (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) playing, Chobe River, Botswana, August.
Juvenile Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) being fed in mid air, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) being fed in mid air, Chobe River, Botswana.
African skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) attacking Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) Skimmer Island, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) attacking Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) Skimmer Island, Chobe River, Botswana.
Reed cormorant (Microcarbo africanus) sitting on partially submerged Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) Chobe River, Botswana, May, Vulnerable species. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Reed cormorant (Microcarbo africanus) sitting on partially submerged Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) Chobe River, Botswana, May, Vulnerable species.
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) narrowly missing tree squirrel jumping away, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) narrowly missing tree squirrel jumping away, Chobe River, Botswana.
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) with Cape turtle dove (Streptopelia capicola) in jaws, Chobe River, Botswana, March. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) with Cape turtle dove (Streptopelia capicola) in jaws, Chobe River, Botswana, March.
Juvenile African jacana (Actophilornis africana) looking at insect on flower, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile African jacana (Actophilornis africana) looking at insect on flower, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
Juvenile African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick standing on one leg on leaf, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick standing on one leg on leaf, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick running on water, Chobe River, Botswana, May. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick running on water, Chobe River, Botswana, May.
African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick running between water lily pads, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick running between water lily pads, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
Female African jacana (Actophilornis africana) pulling water lily flower bud, Chobe River, Botswana, September. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Female African jacana (Actophilornis africana) pulling water lily flower bud, Chobe River, Botswana, September.
African jacana (Actophilornis africana) feeding on water lily bud, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African jacana (Actophilornis africana) feeding on water lily bud, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Male African jacana (Actophilornis africanus) walking carrying chicks under wing, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Male African jacana (Actophilornis africanus) walking carrying chicks under wing, Chobe River, Botswana.
Four African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chicks legs dangling from under male's wing, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Four African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chicks legs dangling from under male's wing, Chobe River, Botswana.
Male African jacana (Actophilornis africana) rescuing chick from water, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Male African jacana (Actophilornis africana) rescuing chick from water, Chobe River, Botswana.
Male African jacana (Actophilornis africana) with chick on water lily pads, Chobe River, Botswana, March. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Male African jacana (Actophilornis africana) with chick on water lily pads, Chobe River, Botswana, March.
Female African jacana (Actophilornis africana) attacking male, Chobe River, Botswana, October. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Female African jacana (Actophilornis africana) attacking male, Chobe River, Botswana, October.
Juvenile African jacana (Actophilornis africanus) walking off large leaf into water, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile African jacana (Actophilornis africanus) walking off large leaf into water, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick running across water surface between water lily pads, Chobe River, Botswana, May. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African jacana (Actophilornis africana) chick running across water surface between water lily pads, Chobe River, Botswana, May.
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) herd, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) herd, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) jumping across water, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) jumping across water, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
African / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) crossing water, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) crossing water, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
African / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) crossing water, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) crossing water, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
African / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) crossing water, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African / Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) crossing water, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) jumping out of water, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) jumping out of water, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
White crowned lapwing (Vanellus albiceps) attacking African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) landing with Bream, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / White crowned lapwing (Vanellus albiceps) attacking African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) landing with Bream, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) mobbing African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) mobbing African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Chobe River, Botswana.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) pair evading the aerial attack of a Long toed lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) Chobe River, Botswana, October. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) pair evading the aerial attack of a Long toed lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) Chobe River, Botswana, October.
Blacksmith lapwing / plover (Vanellus armatus) attacking African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Blacksmith lapwing / plover (Vanellus armatus) attacking African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Chobe River, Botswana, April.
Juvenile African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) flying away from water monitor lizard, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) flying away from water monitor lizard, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, Novemnber. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) and African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana, Novemnber.
Juvenile African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) and Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) and Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) fighting, Chobe River, Botswana.
Goliath heron (Ardea goliath) interacting with African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Goliath heron (Ardea goliath) interacting with African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Chobe River, Botswana.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight with bream in claws, Chobe River, Botswana, June. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight with bream in claws, Chobe River, Botswana, June.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight carrying Bream, Chobe River, Botswana, June. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight carrying Bream, Chobe River, Botswana, June.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight with Catfish head, Chobe River, Botswana, May. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) in flight with Catfish head, Chobe River, Botswana, May.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) bathing, Chobe River, Botswana, August. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) bathing, Chobe River, Botswana, August.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) drying wings after bathing, Chobe River, Botswana, November. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) drying wings after bathing, Chobe River, Botswana, November.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) flying towards Impala carcass in water, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) flying towards Impala carcass in water, Chobe River, Botswana.
Juvenile Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) supporting baby, Chobe River, Botswana. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Juvenile Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) supporting baby, Chobe River, Botswana.
Male Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) pulling female's tail, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Male Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) pulling female's tail, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
Adult Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) disciplining juvenile by pulling fur, Chobe River, Botswana, April. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Adult Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) disciplining juvenile by pulling fur, Chobe River, Botswana, April.
Two young Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) wrestling, Chobe River, Botswana, July. - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Two young Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) wrestling, Chobe River, Botswana, July.
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