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southern giant petrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Although southern giant petrels (Macronectes giganteus) inhabit the open ocean close to the Namibian shoreline, they are seldom observed ashore. Occasionally they fall prey to sharks. This species is classed as vulnerable, with some fishermen catching them for food in southern African waters.

Distribution From the central coastal area of Namibia south to the Orange River.

Diet: Surface-plunges and scavenges around feeding Killer whales and Cape fur seals. Eats fish and crustaceans and African penguins killed by Cape fur seals. Regularly follows ships.

Description Enormous petrel with bill to match. Even though the legs are set far back on the body, they walk with greater ease than other petrels.

Breeding: Extralimital.

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

Bahnhof Hotel

A lovely country hotel in the small village of Aus

Eagles Nest Lodge

Self-catering, rock bungalows on the Klein Aus Vista property. As Eagles Nest has no restaurant facilities guests are welcome to use the restaurant at Desert Horse Inn. This is a beautiful place to spend a few nights enjoying the beauty of southern Namibia

Desert Horse Inn

Named after the desert horses which are one of the main reasons for visiting the area, this is the more main stream lodge on the Klein Aus Vista property

Self Catering Namibia