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antarctic prion

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Antarctic petrel (Pachyptila desolata) were named after Desolation Island, the name Captain Cook gave Kerguelen Island. Observed mainly in large aggregations in oceanic and continental shelf-waters, their numbers can be attributed to concentrations of zooplankton that are formed at the onset of frontal systems.

Distribution Occurs throughout Namibian waters as far north as the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund region.

Diet: Forage by surface-seizing in the day, eating mainly small planktonic crustaceans, small fish, trawler offal and squid.

Description Small blue grey petrel with a 'M' marking across the upper wing. White underparts, short wings. Pachyptila is Greek for 'thick-feathered'. Often confused with broad-billed and Salvin's prions, which are both slightly larger.

Breeding: Breeding colonies arrive in southern African waters from October, leaving around March to early April. Extralimital.

Size: 25cm. Weight: 145g. Wingspan: 60cm.

Amjicaja Guest House

5km from the town center and within walking distance of the lagoon

Courtyard Hotel - Walvis Bay

A business hotel close to the town center

Lagoon Lodge

A bright & cozy lodge overlooking the lagoon and close to all of the cities amenities

Oyster Box Guest House

A small, upmarket, owner managed guest house offering excellent views over the Walvis Bay lagoon

Pelican Bay Hotel

Well situated with views over the lagoon and close to the ever popular Raft Restaurant

Pelican Point Lodge

Adjacent to a light house on a remote peninsula near the town of Walvis Bay. Pelican Point Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil, remote & unspoiled environment

Spindrift Guest House

A friendly & relaxing eight roomed guest house

Self Catering Namibia