What a cheerful fluttering in the breeding colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters near Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Camp! Every year in August the small bright red and blue migratory birds return from their winter sojourn in Equatorial Africa to the far north-east of
Especially in drought years, many species of birds still find food in towns and settlements. The green oases provide shelter, food and water.
The big bird stands in the shallows motionless. It intently watches the water at its feet and waits patiently. Then, within a split-second, the long pointed beak lunges forward, water splashes and a large African sharptooth catfish is speared.
COVID-19 has significantly impacted our daily lives, including the new custom everyone is still trying to get used to: wearing a mask in public.
Many people perceive the Marabou Stork as ugly or describe it as an old man wearing a tailcoat. Some call it the “undertaker bird”. The Marabou is a large member of the stork family, just under 1.5 metres tall, with a wingspan of more than 2.5 metres.
Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone (the internal buoyant shell found in cuttlefish) for grooming their beaks. By using these ‘whetstones’, so to speak, birds can keep their beaks in shape and prevent that they become too long
He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible.
The Bateleur Eagle is probably the most colourful raptor in Namibia. Unfortunately, like everywhere in Africa, its numbers have dropped sharply – according to experts by 50 percent during the past three generations. In southern Africa the Bateleur is cl
Wattled Cranes are not often seen and they are not easy to spot. They are found on the vast flood plains of the Okavango and Chobe, on the countless islands in the Kwando River and on the wetlands of the Linyanti.
The Blacksmith Lapwing owes its name to the call it makes which sounds similar to a blacksmith shaping a glowing piece of metal on his anvil with a hammer.
Heavy gusts of wind are relentlessly battering the landscape. Trees and shrubs are blown back and forth for hours. Masses of camel thorn and white-thorn acacia pods clatter to the ground.
Less than a metre from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery.
If they don’t hear the loud cackling of a Red-billed Francolin in the morning, many nature lovers feel that something is missing.
Mark Boorman from Swakopmund and I ringed a total of 530 Carmine Bee-eaters of the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp (previously Island View Lodge) and Zambezi Mubala Lodge (former Kalizo Lodge) in September this year.
Starting in September, countless visitors from the northern hemisphere arrive at the Namibian coast each year. Some of them cover more than 10,000 kilometers to swap freezing temperatures in the north for the southern summer.
According to the latest statistics no less than 680 different bird species are found in Namibia.
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