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northern giant petrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Unlike its southern counterpart, the northern giant petrel (Macronectes halli) often flies close to the shore from the open ocean. Sports heavy and cumbersome flight behaviour. This species is named after the former president of the Royal Australian Ornithologists' Union, R Hall (1867-1949).

Distribution Fairly common observations along the Namibian coastline, although northern limits are unclear due to the the confusion associated with the southern giant-petrel.

Diet: Regularly follows large ships. Scavenges around Cape fur seal and eats birds at sea, squid, crustaceans and fish.

Description Large bill adapted for tearing flesh. Macronectes is Greek for 'large swimmer'.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 100cm. Weight: 4.8kg. Wingspan: Up to 2.1m.

Taste of Namibia

6 Days - For those with tight time constraints this safari visits the two major destinations: Sossusvlei & Etosha. Windhoek - Windhoek

Elephant & Rhino Tracking

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

Etosha Safari

3 Days - Short excursion to Etosha. Windhoek - Windhoek

Mundulea Hiking Trip

3 or 4 Days - wonderful guided hiking trip - a never to be forgotten experience.

Tok Tokkie Walking Safari

3 Days - A well guided & informative walking trip in the Namib Desert.

Culture, Tradition and Wildlife Tour

3 Days - Cultural safari in the eastern Kalahari region. Visit the San / Bushman and Batswana people. Also included is a trip to a game farm where sightings of rhino and elephant are possible

Sossusvlei Camping Tour

3 Days - Budget safari option to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei Safari

3 Days - Visit the sand dunes at Sossusvlei. Runs from Windhoek - Windhoek

Self Catering Namibia