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Sunday, 20 February 2011 21:43

Birds of Namibia 3/3

The last time we ended up close to Orupembe watching the beautiful Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters on the way back from the Angolan borders. The other day we continued south and spent the night in the Purros campsite – yes, the same Purros that we had passed through some 10 days earlier on the way towards Skeleton Coast park. As I already mentioned before, the campsites were the best places to watch birds – not only they accumulate birds from the neighbourhood, the birds are also quite tame being used to people presence.

Familiar Chat (Cercomela familiaris), Orupembe 

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During the evening stroll around the Purros camp I have admired the beautiful local fauna but there were not so many opportunities for photography – one exception was this Grey-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brachyura brevicaudata) perching on a thorny bush in the middle of the camp:

Grey-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brachyura brevicaudata)

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When the dusk arrived and there was way too little light for good photography, I packed my camera into the bag and went back to have a dinner – the flock of Bare-cheeked Babbler (Turdoides gymnogenys) in the bushes nearby made me take the camera out again and try at least some pictures – with ISO pushed up to 1250 and times of 1/200 I made a series of shots of this Namibian bird that also frequents southern part of Angola.

Bare-cheeked Babbler (Turdoides gymnogenys)

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The other day in the morning I woke up early to catch the very first sun beams while the other campers were still asleep. Finally I got a decent shot of Red-billed Francolin (Francolinus adspersus) – bird that climbed up onto the elevated perch next to our sleeping place last night and screamed terribly into the night.

Red-billed Francolin (Francolinus adspersus)

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Outside the campsite I encountered a pair of Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus lugubris)

Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus lugubris)

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After the return to the breakfast table I found the colleagues surrounded by a flock of tame birds among which the most obtrusive was the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas). Some of the other birds included the common African Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans) and two starlings – the near-endemic Pale-winged starling (Onychognathus nabouroup) inhabitating Namibia and South Africa and the beautiful shiny Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

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African Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans)

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Pale-winged starling (Onychognathus nabouroup)

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Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)

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Following days we have driven south towards Swakopmund with a stopover in Torra Bay where I „chased“ the White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus), a common coastal wader of southern Africa, on the beach for more than an hour:

White-fronted Plover (Charadrius marginatus)

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The trip to the famous Sossusvlei desert brought also a few observations and finally a good chance to portrait the rather shy Pied Crow (Corvus albus):

Pied Crow (Corvus albus)

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On teh way back to Windhoek we took a break in Solitaire – not only it is the place where you get the best apple cake in Namibia (they say so ;-)),  the campsite is also visited by a number of birds. In the morning a flock of hundred or so Sociable Weavers (Philetairus socius) was attracted by our breakfast. Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) is an endemic bird of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa:

Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius)

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The very last days of our stay in Namibia we were in Windhoek arranging the transportation of geological samples to Norway – likewise at the beginning, the only place I could watch birds was the yard of Steiners’ house with a variety of species – e.g. another from the Weaver family White-browed Sparrow-Weaver (Plocepasser mahali) and unmistakable Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis)

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Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis)

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2011 08:40
 
Comments (55)
  • Alamantra Sinosne  - re: Birds of Namibia 3/3

    ***! nice pictures! how did yo manage to get that close?

  • Jiri

    Thanks, birds in Africa are less shy...well in general ;-)

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