Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Red knot (Calidris canutus) were initially named after King Canute (985-1045) the king of England, Denmark and Norway. He had learned (from his bottom worshipping courtiers) that he was 'so great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back'. This feat was performed as he sat on his throne at the water's edge when the tide came in, waves lapping around his feet. No doubt this is a reference to the preferred habitats of red knots of roosting and foraging on mud and sand flats in sheltered lagoons and bays, estuaries and coastal wetlands.
Diet: Pecks and probes for all they're worth in shallow mud for snails, crabs and other small bivalves.
Description: Small to medium-sized shorebirds with intricately plumage patterns. Females are slightly larger in body and decurved bill size. Calidris was first described by Aristotle as 'a grey, waterside bird' thought to be either a sandpiper or a wagtail.
Size: 24cm. Weight: 130g. Wingspan: 60cm.
Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony
An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.
Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here
A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays