July 3, 2012

Damara tern breeding area now secure

The threatened breeding areas of the Damara tern, Sterna balaenarum, on the coastal dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have been a conservation concern for […]
July 5, 2012

The elusive Nama Padloper

By Peter Cunningham The endemic Nama Padloper (Homopus bergeri) is a small tortoise with a reddish-brown carapace that is flattened and flexible. This structural design assists […]
July 17, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Marabou stork

Marabou stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus Roberts’ No 89 By Pompie Burger Unpleasant both in looks and habits, I would say. Indeed, one can state categorically that the Marabou […]
July 17, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African jacana

African jacana, Actophilornis africanus Roberts’ No R240 by Pompie Burger It’s neither their stunning eggs (possibly the most beautiful in the world), nor their ridiculously long toes, […]
July 19, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African green-pigeon

African Green-Pigeon Treron calvus Roberts No 361 by Pompie Burger A pigeon-like parrot or, a parrot-like pigeon? In Afrikaans these birds are aptly called papegaaiduif, translated […]
July 19, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African finfoot

African Finfoot Podica senegalensis Roberts No 325 by Pompie Burger The African distribution map of this very peculiar-looking bird shows the African Finfoot to be quite […]
July 19, 2012

Bird’s eye view – African openbill

African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus Roberts No 87 by Pompie Burger Koos Kombuis, the well-known Afrikaans songwriter, once wrote lyrics proclaiming that a student’s main pastime was […]
July 27, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African hoopoe

African Hoopoe, Upupa africana Roberts No 295 By Pompie Burger The hoopoe is one of the better-known and more easily identifiable birds in our gardens. Everything about […]