Known for its resident populations of enigmatic shoebills and endemic black lechwes, Zambia’s Bangweulu Wetlands is an intriguing destination.
Known for its resident populations of enigmatic shoebills and endemic black lechwes, Zambia’s Bangweulu Wetlands is an intriguing destination. Birdwatching here is top-notch, not just because of the many interesting species that are difficult to see anywhere else, but also for the incredible numbers of birds that flock to the floodplains each year.
In April 2012, photographer Morgan Trimble travelled to Bangweulu on assignment for African Parks, the NGO responsible for managing the wetlands. ‘Photographing Bangweulu presented some special challenges,’ she says. ‘On the plains, the water was too shallow for boats but too deep for vehicles, so I did most of my photography on foot. It’s difficult to be stealthy when splashing through knee-deep water, trying not to slip and carrying 15 kilograms of camera equipment. After my two-week trip, I was very pleased not to have dropped any gear in the swamp, although I did have a few close calls!’ She returned to South Africa with soggy socks, waterlogged wellies and some fantastic photographs.
Morgan’s portfolio on the shoebills of Bangweulu features as Cover Story in the October issue of Africa Geographic Magazine.
Date: 19 Oct 2012