Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a wanderer. They inhabit mainly mountainous, coastal or riparian regions, and high cliffs are preferred for roosting and breeding grounds. Usually found singly or in pairs.
Diet: Hunts from perch and along cliff faces for pigeons and doves, swifts, starlings and sandgrouse. Also eats bats and occasionally insects.
Description: Often confused with the slimmer Lanner falcon which has relatively longer, but blunter-ended wings and parallel-sided (as opposed to slightly tapered) tail.
Breeding: A simple scrape on the ground or cavity on a cliff suffices for a nest where the female lays between 1 and 4 eggs from late July to early November.
Size: 40cm. Weight: 700g.
Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve
A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo
The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.