Birding

Checking out the Oxpecker

Oxpecker
Anyone who has visited the north-western and north-eastern parts of the country will have noticed the brown-grey birds with the red or yellow-red beaks...

Setback for Namibia’s penguins

Penguins
On 13 February this year (2019) it became official: Namibia’s African penguins on Halifax Island off Lüderitz are dying from the dreaded influenza A...

Namibia’s best-known wake-up call in the bush

Frankoline
If they don’t hear the loud cackling of a Red-billed Francolin in the morning, many nature lovers feel that something is missing. Newcomers to...

Blue Cranes still threatened and largely unresearched

Blue Cranes
The rainy season should have started already, but by early December there had been sporadic showers only, with no further downpours to sprout fresh...

Scores of feathered visitors at Namibia’s coast

Birds at the coast
Starting in September, countless visitors from the northern hemisphere arrive at the Namibian coast each year. Some of them cover more than 10,000 kilometres...

When nature goes haywire

Bird Beaks
Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone (the internal buoyant shell found in cuttlefish) for grooming their beaks. By using these ‘whetstones’,...

Small birds of prey in Namibia’s cities

Small birds of prey
Especially in drought years, many species of birds still find food in towns and settlements. The green oases provide shelter, food and water. Countless...

Research on Carmine Bee-eaters

Carmines
Mark Boorman from Swakopmund and I ringed a total of 530 Carmine Bee-eaters of the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp (previously Island View...

Flying underwater

Flyer underwater
The brownish-black and white plumage typical of the juvenile birds was already there, but the young Pied Avocet, which was foraging on the water's...

A boat trip from Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando in...

Birds and Mammals
The clamour of Smith’s bush squirrels, which measure 35 cm with tail, makes some visitors look to the treetops as soon as they arrive...

Photgraphy equipment