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The masked birds of Namibia

Lesser Masked Weaver Male
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 wildly colourful ones, to paper masks and even buffs, and people have quickly taken note of the trendiness of these new accessories. In the natural...

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 number of lodges in this area and most are more suited to the more affluent clientele who arrive via chartered plane, than for families with...

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 the normal Common Moorhen is slate-black with a dark olive-brown back and rump. Its legs and feet are yellow and the bill is a bright...

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 spur at their carpal joint - a sharp black protrusion which they use for defence. This spur can be up to 18 mm long in...

Traditional fishing equipment: Ensuring a sustainable way to secure livelihood

Traditional Fishing
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 fish had to stay in the mainstream where they became prey to larger fish and illegal fishing methods. Catching fish the traditional way was difficult...

Finding and darting lions in #Khoadi //Hôas

Lion Darting
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 the lions of the pride and to fit the predator with an early warning or GPS collar. Tracks indicated that there were eight lions –...

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 bird carried a numbered metal ring on one foot, and a yellow-coloured ring with the black inscription VW3 on its right leg. Along with a...

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

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 metres away another red-spotted lily weevil (Brachycerus ornatus) sits on the dark green elongated leaf of a lily and eats contentedly. The lilies appear within...

The one that digs with its teeth

Damara mole rat
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 the back. This is the Damara mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) at work. Mole-rats construct networks of tunnels which can reach a length of up to one...

Not a scorpion and no real spider

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 several spines and the long body and legs of a spider. These critters are known as whip spiders and also as tailless whip scorpions.  Worldwide...