lesser swamp warbler
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Lesser swamp-warblers (Acrocephalus gracilirostris) have a wider habit and distribution range than the greater swamp-warbler. This species is also known as the Cape reed warbler and inhabit reeds and bulrushes that stand in water of lagoons, rivers, estuaries and marshes.Distribution: From the Kunene River mouth to Epupa Falls, Etosha National Park, Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). Common all along the Orange River including Fish River Canyon. Other scattered populations around the country can be observed.
Diet: Forages low down on reeds, just above the water line, amongst leaf litter and tree foliage in close proximity to reeds for mostly invertebrates and possibly small frogs.Description: Brown upper parts, with a redder rump. Gracilirostris indicates 'slender-billed'.
Breeding: Females only build a dead reed leave nest whilst the male sings from a prominent perch. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid between August and March and incubated for around 14 days.
Size: 18cm. Weight: 14g.
Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon
Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay
The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character
Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value
On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views
Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon