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