Namibia Bird Trip
We had just returned from a 15 day trip through Namibia. It was a journey of 6600 km in which we saw 360 bird species and a lot of mammals and reptiles, even a run-over black mamba.
Day 1: Cape Town to Noordoewer
Swartland: Birds Seen : Black Harrier, Blue Cranes,
Ystervarkspoort: Birds Seen : Clanwilliam: Protea Canary, Fairy Flycatcher, Black Eagle, Greybacked Cisticola
Namaqualand: Birds Seen : Martial & Booted Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Greater Kestrel, Chat Flycatcher, Rufouseared Warbler.
Vioolsdrift / Noordoewer: Birds Seen : Lots of Stark's Larks, Greybacked Sparrowlark, Orange River White-eye, Namaqua Warbler, Yellow Canary
Day 2 : Noordoewer to Aus.
Richtersveld / Orange River: Birds Seen : Jackal Buzzard, Karoo Longbilled Lark, Stark's Lark, Longbilled Pipit, Dusky Sunbird, Goliath Heron, Afr Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Swallowtailed Bee-eater
Rosh Pinah / Aus: Birds Seen : Karoo Korhaan, Blackbreasted Snake Eagle, Chat Flycatcher
Klein Aus Vista: Birds Seen : Namaqua Sandgrouse, Barlow's Lark, Damara Canary, Cape Eagle Owl, Karoo Eremomela
Day 3: Aus to Solitaire:
Birds Seen : Pygmy Falcon, Ludwig's Bustard, Kori Bustard with chicks, Rüppell's Korhaan,
Common Swift, Steppe Eagle, Pinkbilled Lark, Desert Cisticola, Great Sparrow
Naukluft Mountains: Birds Seen : Monteiro's Hornbill, Rosyfaced Lovebird, Shorttoed Rock Thrush, Blackbreasted Snake Eagle
Day 4: Solitaire to Swakopmund:
Spreetshoogte Pass: Birds Seen : Herero Chat (at foot), Carp's Tit, Ashy Tit, Fawncoloured Lark, Pinkbilled Lark
Towards Swakopmund: Birds Seen : Tractrac Chat (white form), Karoo Chat (white form)
Day 5: Swakopmund / Walvis Bay area
Birds Seen : Dune Lark & Ashy Tit (Rooibank), American Golden Plover, Gray's Lark (northeast of Mile 4 salt works), Terek Sandpiper, Chestnutbanded Plover, Pomarine Skua.
Day 6: Swakopmund to Omaruru:
Spitzkoppe: Birds Seen : Herero Chat, Whitetailed Shrike, Augur Buzzard, Monteiro's Hornbill, Carp's Tit, Great Sparrow, Violeteared Waxbill
Omaruru / Erongo's: Birds Seen : Hartlaub's Francolin, Rockrunner, Whitetailed Shrike,Bradfield's Swift, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Afr Scops Owl, Damara Hornbill, Bearded Woodpecker, Pied Babbler, Burntnecked Eremomela, Desert Barred Warbler
Day 7: Omaruru to Kamanjab:
Brandberg: Birds Seen : Benguella Longbilled Lark, Burchell's Courser, Temminck's Courser, Rüppell's Korhaan
Kamanjab: Birds Seen : Madagaskar Bee-eater, Rüppell's Parrot, Ashy Tit, Marico Sunbird, Black-faced Waxbill, Barecheeked Babbler, Shikra, Whitecrowned Shrike
Day 8: Kamanjab to Kunene River Lodge:
Birds Seen : Abdim's Stork, Chestnut Weaver, Redcrested Korhaan, African Cuckoo, Striped Cuckoo, Damara Hornbill, Dusky Lark, Afr Golden Oriole, Yellowbilled Oxpecker, Chestnut Weaver
Day 9: Kunene River Lodge:
Birds Seen : Grey Kestrel, Rednecked Francolin, Cinderella Waxbill, Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, Whitebrowed Coucal, Madagaskar Bee-eater, Giant Eagle Owl, Greyhooded Kingfisher, Afr Golden Oriole, Swamp Boubou, Mozambique Nightjar
Day 10: Kunene River Lodge to Sachsenheim Guest Farm
Birds Seen : Grey Kestrel raiding Redbilled Buffalo Weaver's nest near powerstation at Ruacana Falls, Great White Egret, Woollynecked Stork, Squacco Heron, Abdim's Stork, Pygmy Geese & Afr Jacana (all at waterpans in Ovamboland), African Cuckoo, Common Swift, Golden Bishop.
Sachsenheim Guest Farm:
Birds Seen : Blackfaced Babbler, Comb Duck, Black Cuckoo, Desert Barred Warbler, Woollynecked Stork
Day 11: Etosha
Birds Seen : Bateleur, Redfooted Falcon, Lesser Moorhen, Saddlebilled Stork, Doublebanded Courser, African & Jacobin Cuckoo, Dusky Lark, Pinkbilled Lark, Carp's Tit, Icterine Warbler, Cape Penduline Tit, Burntnecked Eremomela, Chestnut Weaver and several wader species.
Animals include elephant, lion, giraffe, kudu, gemsbuck and lots of rain.
Day 12: Sachsenheim Guest Farm to Waterberg Mountain Camp
Birds Seen : Redfooted Falcon, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Afr Hawk Eagle, Goldentailed Woodpecker, Ashy Tit, Shorttoed Rock Thrush, Bradfield's Hornbill
Waterberg Mountain Camp: Birds Seen : Rockrunner, Hartlaub's Francolin, Freckled Nightjar Paradise Whydah, Goldentailed Woodpecker and an afternoon of rain.
Day 13: Waterberg Mountain Camp to Marienthal:
Birds Seen : Whitebacked & Hooded Vulture, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Afr Hawk Eagle, Bradfield's Swift, Melba Finch
Marienthal: Birds Seen : About 80 - 100 Marabou Storks at the abattoir, Bradfield's Swift, Hottentot
Teal & Afr Black Duck in Fish River.
Day 14: Marienthal to Springbok:
Birds Seen : Peregrine Falcon, hundreds of Namaqua Sandgrouses coming to drink at a pan and chased by Lanner Falcons and Steppe Buzzard, thousands of Barn Swallows emerging early morning from the reeds in Fish River, Swallowtailed Bee-eater
Springbok (Spektakelberg area): Birds Seen : Layard's Titbabbler, Karoo Lark, Dusky Sunbird
Day 15: Springbok to Cape Town
As on every trip you will always have the odd missings and on this trip it
No Black, Openbilled or Yellowbilled Storks, no Brown Snake or African Fish Eagles?, only one sighting of a flying Rüppell's Parrot, no Chestnutbacked Sparrowlarks.