Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Hartlaub's gull (Larus hartlaubii) is named after the German ornithologist and author, Karl Hartlaub. They inhabit the Namibian coastline including lagoons, bays and estuaries and forage and roost in groups. Breeding and feeding is common in urban environments. Predators of eggs include the small grey mongoose, yellow mongoose, mole snake and the African sacred Ibis.
Diet: Group foragers at time up to 60 birds in deep water. Also scavenges behind trawlers. Diet includes anchovies, flying insects, sardines, snoek, cuttlefish, limpet, lobster, crab and mussels. On land eats snails, moths, grasshoppers, beetles, ants and fruits.
Description: Often confused with grey-headed gull which has a longer and heavier bill and legs.
Breeding: These gulls breed on rocky offshore islands. Nests are an untidy plant stem structure built on rocky ground or in reeds typically around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Between 1 and 3 eggs are laid between March and June.
Size: 38cm. Weight: 290g. Wingspan: 90cm.
6 Days - For those with tight time constraints this safari visits the two major destinations: Sossusvlei & Etosha. Windhoek - Windhoek
4 days - An expertly guided safari through Damaraland in search of desert adapted elephant & rhino. Excellent choice for anyone wanting to add a specialist activity to their time in Namibia
3 Days - Short excursion to Etosha. Windhoek - Windhoek
3 or 4 Days - wonderful guided hiking trip - a never to be forgotten experience.
3 Days - A well guided & informative walking trip in the Namib Desert.
3 Days - Visit the sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Runs from Windhoek - Windhoek