Experiences

Birds and reptiles

Birds and reptiles

Boat trip on the Okavango in winter Most of the migratory birds move off to the north well before the start of the southern winter (May to August) and in mid-July it will still be...
Wetland bird count

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia,...

After a very successful series of summer counts at the four Gondwana lodges in February it was time to repeat the exercise, this time in winter. The team, consisting of Gudrun Middendorff, Neil Thomson,...
680 bird species in Namibia

680 bird species in Namibia

According to the latest statistics no less than 680 different bird species are found in Namibia. Four of them – the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), the Common or Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), Common Starling...
Otoliths

Otoliths help to determine species and age

Stones in the head of a fish – is that possible? Some anglers are aware of stones, or otoliths, in the head of the Madagascar meagre, but it is not generally known that ear-stones,...
The pearl-spotted owlet

The story of 5H63061

In the middle of May Windhoek resident Nadja Visagie called to tell me that her father-in-law had brought an injured pearl-spotted owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) with a ringed leg to her house. He had picked...
Freshwater angling associations

Six freshwater angling associations in Namibia

Sporting the oldest desert on earth, Namibia is known as a desert country. Perennial rivers are few and far between, found only on the southern and northern border, but where there is water there...
Marabou

The omnivorous Marabou Stork: old man in a tailcoat

Many people perceive the Marabou Stork as ugly or describe it as an old man wearing a tailcoat. Some call it the “undertaker bird”. The Marabou is a large member of the stork family,...
Angler's Paradise

Generally unknown: Namibia is an angler’s paradise

One doesn’t expect to find much fish in Namibia – after all it’s the driest country south of the Sahara. And yet a large number of Namibians make a living from catching fish. Besides...
The Cape penduline tit’s nest

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

Heavy gusts of wind are relentlessly battering the landscape. Trees and shrubs are blown back and forth for hours. Masses of camel thorn and white-thorn acacia pods clatter to the ground. Countless green leaves...
Surf angling

Namibia boasts 14 surf angling clubs

Surf fishing means catching fish from the shoreline or wading in the surf. Namibia has 14 surf fishing clubs, and the various species of fish are caught on a catch-and-release basis. The clubs are...