Birding stories

July 27, 2012

Conservation success – What a wonderful bird is the pelican!

by Hu Berry Not only because “His beak can hold more than his belly can…..”, as the well-known ditty goes, but also because he (or she) […]
July 27, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Verreaux’s eagle

Verreaux’s Eagle Aquila verreauxii Roberts No 131 by Pompie Burger Watching these beautiful raptors gliding past along the escarpment of the Waterberg Plateau on various occasions […]
August 12, 2012

Carmine Bee-Eater – bright, brilliant, beautiful

Text Annabelle Venter These brightly coloured insect-eating birds in their predominantly green outfits can easily be rated among the most beautiful bird families in the world. […]
August 14, 2012

Birds – More than just a twitcher’s paradise

Text and artwork Helge Denker Over 700 bird species have been recorded in Namibia. About 17 of these are endemic or near-endemic species, the exact number […]
August 17, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Flamingo in Namibia

by Pompie Burger Once a year, responding to unknown stimuli (could be ultra sound, a sniff in the nose, genetic inbreeding, rumours of Romans in Walvis […]
August 22, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – wattled crane

by Pompie Burger Wattled cranes are one of the most threatened bird species on earth. According to researchers, there are only about 7 500 left worldwide, […]
August 22, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris Roberts No 203 By Pompie Burger In the bad old days they used to be called Administration Chickens—nowadays you can probably call […]
August 22, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus Roberts’ No 171 by Pompie Burger This is by far my favourite raptor, because in my view it personifies what a raptor […]
August 23, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Peregrine falcon

By Pompie Burger Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus Roberts’ No 171 by Pompie Burger  The peregrine falcon is by far my favourite raptor, because in my view […]
August 23, 2012

Birding in Namibia – a rest before Etosha

Birding in Namibia delivers exceptional delights. If you’d enjoy waking up to the call of a Hartlaub’s francolin at sunrise and spending the rest of the […]
August 23, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African Cuckoo

By Pompie Burger African Cuckoo, Cuculus gularis Roberts No 375 Ever since I started bird-watching, and – more specifically – doing bird photography, I’ve had this thing […]
August 23, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Hartlaub’s Spurfowl

Hartlaub’s Spurfowl Pternistis hartlaubi Roberts No 197 by Pompie Burger I always thought of myself as being a rather greedy birdwatcher, leaving the ‘little brown jobs’ […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Woodland Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis Roberts No 433 by Pompie Burger Visiting northern Namibia during the summer months you will invariably have heard the almost piercing call […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Grey-backed Camaroptera

Grey-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brevicaudata by Pompie Burger It always amazes me that once you’ve identified a specific bird, you suddenly seem to see it everywhere, even […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Yellow-billed oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus Roberts No 771 by Pompie Burger If you want to see oxpeckers, you must look for animals, or vice versa. Their Latin […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Pearlspotted owl

Pearlspotted owl Glaucidium perlatum Roberts’ No 398  by Pompie Burger Being one of the smallest owls in Namibia as well as in Southern Africa does not […]
August 28, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Lilacbreasted roller

Lilacbreasted roller Coracias caudate Roberts No 447 by Pompie Burger This is one of Namibia’s most common roadside birds, and it is definitely one of the […]
August 31, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Rüppell’s Parrot

Rüppell’s Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii Roberts No 365 by Pompie Burger South African writer Chris Barnard once wrote a story about a boy who tried to keep […]
August 31, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Bare-cheeked Babbler

Bare-cheeked Babbler  Turdoides gymnogenys Roberts No 564 by Pompie Burger The babblers are definitely one of my favourite groups of birds. They are extremely vocal, so […]
August 31, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African Purple Swamphen

by Pompie Burger African Purple Swamphen Porphyrio madagascarienses Roberts No 223 This colourful bird was formerly known as the Purple Gallinule, an impressive name indeed. You […]

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