Lesser Masked Weaver Male

The masked birds of Namibia

COVID-19 has significantly impacted our daily lives, including the new custom everyone is still trying to get used to: wearing a mask in public. There are many different types and colours of masks, from...

A family getaway to the northwestern part of Namibia: Kaokoveld

The northwestern parts of Namibia are not the typical destination for those who haven’t travelled in Africa before, and normally you would not come across many families travelling here. There are only a small...

White Common Moorhen in Walvis Bay

Hennie van der Merwe was rather surprised when he recently observed a white Common Moorhen at the wetlands that form the Bird Paradise in Walvis Bay. The sighting of this bird was extremely unusual since...
Blacksmith Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing

The Blacksmith Lapwing owes its name to the call it makes which sounds similar to a blacksmith shaping a glowing piece of metal on his anvil with a hammer. This type of Plover has a...
Traditional Fishing

Traditional fishing equipment: Ensuring a sustainable way to secure livelihood

In 2019, the rivers were low and fish species had difficulty to find appropriate and secure breeding grounds. There were no shallow waters in the flood plains to offer opportunities to hide and young...
Lion Darting

Finding and darting lions in #Khoadi //Hôas

Lions had killed and partly eaten a cow in the in #Khoadi //Hôas communal conservancy east of the Grootberg and Palmwag concessions the night before. This was a perfect chance to dart one of...
European Roller

European Roller

It took Farmer Volker Dickhoff by surprise, when together with one of his employees; he was able to catch a European Roller on his farm near Otjiwarongo on February 28th of this year (2020). The...
Lily weevil

When the lilies appear, so does the red-spotted lily weevil

The black weevil with the 2 mm spots in bright red or orange climbs up the stem of a Sandhof lily (Crinum paludosum) without haste and starts to feed on the pedicel. A few...
Damara mole rat

The one that digs with its teeth

After rainfall, when the land is wet, they start digging. The soil is loosened with the teeth and pushed backwards with the front legs. The hind legs shovel the damp earth still further to...
Spider

Not a scorpion and no real spider

At the first glance they look scary. Because they represent two animal species that many people are unnecessarily afraid of and loathe: spiders and scorpions. Two very long antennae-like feelers, two pincers equipped with...

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