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Namibia


white stork

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: White storks (Ciconia ciconia) prefer open woodland, grassland, wetland and cultivated habits. Grouping near water around midday is common as is roosting in trees or at shallow wetlands. A feature of white storks is to defecate on their legs in hot weather to cool down.

Distribution Fish River Canyon and Orange River, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Kaudom Game Park, northern Namib Desert.

Diet: Walks slowly and steadily searching for prey such as locusts, mice, small reptiles such as snakes and lizards, fish, frogs, large insects and molluscs.

Description Head and upper parts and tail white. Underparts entirely white, underwing coverts white, undersides of flight feathers black. Ciconia is Latin for 'the stork'.

Breeding: Between 1 and 6 eggs are laid between September and November and incubated for about 30 days.

Size: 120cm. Weight: 3.5kg. Wingspan: 1.6m.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views

Hobas

Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

Self Catering Namibia