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sooty shearwater

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) are found in large numbers, resting on the water over the continental shelf or closer inshore. They are attracted to fishing vessels and ships. Arrival for breeding colonies in Namibian waters begins at the end of September with departure in April.

Distribution Namibian coastal waters from Henties Bay south through Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Luderitz to the mouth of the Orange River.

Diet: Is known to feed on flocks on schooling fish. Feeding groups are associated with Cape fur seals, common dolphins, dusky dolphins and Bryde's whale. Eats mainly small fish including anchovies, lightfish, lanternfish as well as shrimps and trawler discards.

Description Small to medium-sized shearwater, with a body structure perfected for diving. Griseus means 'grey' a reference to their plumage colouration.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 45cm. Weight: 900g. Wingspan: 100cm.

Oryx Self Drive

3 Days - A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Dolphin Self Drive

3 Days - Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon

Elephant Self Drive

4 Days - Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha

Springbuck Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip

Warthog Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei

Rhino Self Drive

10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei

Puku Self Drive

10 Days - Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta

Porcupine Self Drive

12 Days - Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

Meerkat Self Drive

14 Days - Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert

Leopard Self Drive

20 Days - Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts

Lechwe Self Drive

21 Days - Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Honey Badger Self Drive

24 Days - As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country

Self Catering Namibia