August 30, 2016
Of all the bird species this is probably the one that even the most novice bird watcher can identify. Firstly, the type of species that you are looking at is a goose/duck/teal, and secondly, to differentiate between the various species is rather easy. To say that for me it is not a problem to identify them might sound a bit blasé after 35 years of birding, so I would rather say even my son Ian can make the correct diagnoses. Going into the gory detail about their habitat in and around water, it is not rocket science that they have a funny looking flat bill and funny looking webbed feet.
August 22, 2016
These master builders live in northern Namibia from Rundu in the west to the Zambezi Region in the east around marshes, rivers and dams with thick grass and reed beds and papyrus (Cyperus papyrus).
August 11, 2016
There are 90 species of kingfishers in the world, ranging in size from the large Australian Kookaburras, weighing nearly half a kilogram, to the minuscule African Dwarf Kingfisher, which weighs only nine grams, and our own African Pygmy Kingfisher tipping the scales at only 14 grams. Nine of a possible 16 kingfishers occurring in Africa are found in Namibia.
August 3, 2016
People often ask what our favourite birding spot is. I would rate the Bwabwata National Park situated along the Kwando River in the Zambezi Region among the top birding spots in Namibia, probably in the same league as Mahango and Impalila Island. After each birding trip we do our usual ‘saw’ list, and after Bwabwata we soon realised that, as far as birding is concerned, the park is a quantity and quality birding area par excellence. After 40 odd years as a bird-watcher and still seeing new bird species in a place I’ve visited regularly, is truly exceptional.
July 26, 2016
Once you’re in Lüderitz, please don’t become too carried away by the beautiful Art Nouveau and German-Imperial style buildings, because then you’ll definitely run out of time. Our trip along the peninsula south of Lüderitz proved to be most fruitful, with our first sighting being a lonely Greater Flamingo wading along the edge of the Radford Bay lagoon.
July 19, 2016
Once you’re hooked on owl watching, you’ll never look back, unless you’re a pearl spotted owlet with a separate set of ‘eyes’ at the back of your head, or a marsh owl, which always look back over its shoulder after take off. Although owls are relatively common, very few people have ever actually seen one.
July 5, 2016
Roadside birding is obviously about big birds. So contrary to what people say, size does make a difference. Depending on your financial status, you will most probably spend more than 25% of your time in Namibia on the road, keeping in mind that Namibia is vast and distances are extensive. So you might as well enjoy your time on the road and do some serious bird watching.
June 6, 2016
Hearing doves, probably African Mourning Doves, sing always makes me sad. It takes me back to my youth, when I attended a funeral on a cold winter's day in the Bethal district on a farm in Mpumalanga, leaving me with a feeling of melancholy.
March 30, 2016
The fact that only two percent of people have red hair is already an indication that in our avian population it might not be that common either. The fact that most of the redheads in Namibia are Woodpeckers and Barbets is no surprise.
December 9, 2015
Flamingos can be viewed along the Namibian coast and although they may all look the same there are some important differences between the various species.
September 2, 2015
Pompie tells us all about the various green birds that can be found throughout Namibia
August 4, 2014
Text and photographs Pompie Burger – Main photograph: Green-backed Heron ©Pompie Burger Imagine planning a birding trip to Namibia, and having to choose only one destination. […]
May 15, 2014
Heaven is on the other side of Drotsky – Photos and Text by Pompie Burger “You can check out anytime, but you can never leave” The […]
March 3, 2014
By Ron Swilling Main photograph: Golden Tailed Woodpecker. Photo ©Dayne Braine Steve Braine, well-known Namibian bird expert and naturalist who hails from a birding fraternity, has […]
October 1, 2013
Text and photos by Pompie Burger You can easily fall into the trap of using over-used adjectives such as incredible, magical, ultimate, uncompromising et cetera for […]