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grey heron

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Grey herons (Ardea cinera) inhabit estuaries, rivers, lakes, marshes, lagoons and other suitable shallow water bodies. They are solitary birds, active both day and night, often standing still for long periods. Trees and cliffs are favoured roosting sites.

Distribution Widespread throughout most of Namibia less for the most arid of regions. Found in Kunene River and Epupa Falls, Rundu, Caprivi, Chobe/Zambezi River, Etosha National Park, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Sandwich Harbour, Orange River, Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Stands and waits or hunts in shallow water for mostly fish and amphibians, insects, birds, reptiles and small rodents. Also eats worms, insects, turtle hatchlings and eels.

Description A large heron with a narrow-feathered crest and scapular plumes. Ardea is Latin for 'heron' and cinera for 'grey'. White forehead, face, nape and sides of neck. Back, tail and upper wings grey.

Breeding: Females lay 1 to 4 eggs in a shallow basing of small sticks and reeds, incubated for up to 28 days.

Size: 95cm. Weight: 2kg.

Dabis Guest Farm

A working farm in southern Namibia. Offers an insight into sheep farming is this arid region

Duwisib Castle

The completely off his rocker 'Baron' von Wolf built this castle in the middle of nowhere. Rumours abound about this gun toting, cross dressing loon! Accommodation is available within the castle and a well shaded campsite is also on offer

Duwisib Guest Farm

This lovely guest farm offers self catering accommodation on a property adjacent to the Duwisib Castle

Kanaan Desert Retreat

On the scenic D707 road and bordering on the Namib Naukluft park, lies this spectacular property. Accommodation is offered in a small tented camp or en-suite rooms at the old farmhouse

Namseb Lodge

Formerly an Ostrich farm the lodge property is now largely dedicated to Namibian wildlife. The lodge itself offers standard bed & breakfast rooms as well as self catering chalets

Namtib Guest Farm

Situated in the Tiras mountains, an owner run guest farm that offers a warm welcome and even better scenery

Self Catering Namibia