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Green-backed heron

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Green-backed herons (Butorides striata) are noted for their attendance in wooded areas around margins of rivers, lakes, ponds, estuaries, streams, reedbeds and swamps where the vegetation overhangs the water. This enables them to roost and climb agilely among the branches, roots and reeds to strike out for prey.

Distribution Scattered populations in along the Kunene River, Caprivi wetlands, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund, Hardap Dam and Epupa Falls.

Diet: Solitary day or night hunter for fish, crustaceans, spiders, molluscs, insects, frogs and reptiles. A feature of their foraging technique is to wait in a crouched position for long periods of time, on shore or perch before prey becomes within striking range.

Description Small, stocky heron with large bill and strong, curved claws. Striata refers to the black moustachial stripe.

Breeding: A flimsy, saucer-shaped nest consisting of reeds, twigs and sticks, usually near water allows the female to lay 2 to 5 eggs mainly after rains. Incubation periods are up to 27 days.

Size: 40cm. Weight: 210g.

Dune Hopper

3 or 4 Days - The dune hopper concept offers scheduled flights from Windhoek or Swakopmund - with overnight stays of varying lengths at several lodges in the NamibRand Private Reserve and around Sossusvlei

Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari

4 Days - A not to be missed fly-in Safari to one of the most remote areas on earth. This is an exceptional safari with highly qualified and knowledgeable guides & can safely be described as one of the best safari experiences in Namibia.

Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

4 Days - The same as the Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari (above) but with the addition of a a visit to Sossusvlei

Skeleton Coast & Etosha Fly-In

5 Days - The fourth and final Skeleton Coast Safari gives the opportunity for game viewing in Etosha

Skeleton Coast & Luderitz Fly-In Safari

6 Days - The third is the series of Skeleton Coast Safaris this time with the addition of the small harbour town of Luderitz

Namibia Flying Safari

7 Days - A typical flight around Namibia, this is highly customisable and the itinerary, lodges & even the number of days can be amended to suit your individual requirements

Self Catering Namibia