It’s about a two day drive on unpaved tracks, through dense forest trails, past the many hidden villages to the remote Bangwelu wetlands in the northeast of Zambia. With the water below my knees, I made my way through a wetland inhabited with mosquitoes and leeches, in search of the mysterious shoebill. The shoebill stork is one of the most sought after birds in Africa. At over 1: 50m in length, it is quite an intimidating experience as the curious stork with its prehistoric head gets closer and closer, while you sink further and further into the thick mud of the swamp.
Willem Bakhuys Roozeboom - Bangwelu wetlands, Zambia, early September 2017
About Willem Bakhuys Roozeboom You only live twice - After spending too many years in the corporate world selling things to people that nobody really needed, Willem started his second chapter in life, capturing things that not everybody will be able to see. He sold his car to buy a camera and left his house to live in a tent in the African bush. Willem has become a wildlife photographer pur sang. Over the last 10 years he has been living in Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Chad, to maximize his time among lions and elephants.