Birding stories

September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Lappet-faced vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture Aegypius tracheliotus Roberts No 124 by Pompie Burger Since the Lappet-faced Vulture with its wingspan of over two metres is the largest of all […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Chestnut-banded plover

Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus Roberts No 247 By Pompie Burger Reading an article written some years ago by well-known ornithologist Tony Williams on Namibia’s coastal birds, […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – European bee-eater

European bee-eater Merops apiaster Roberts’ No 438 by Pompie Burger Does “kwirri-kwirri-kwirri” sound familiar? Does it herald springtime in Namibia? The first rains? Yes indeed, this […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Blackshouldered kite

Blackshouldered kite Elanus caeruleus Roberts’ No. 299 by Pompie Burger Blackshouldered kites are fairly common roadside raptors in Namibia in terms of distribution as well as […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Namibia’s weaver bird

Spectacled  Weaver Ploceus ocularis Roberts No 810 by Pompie Burger For various reasons the spectacled weaver bird is probably my favourite of all the weavers found […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Bateleur

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus Roberts No 146 by Pompie Burger The fact that the Bateleur probably has the shortest tail of all the raptors doesn’t mean that […]
September 3, 2012

Namibia birding: paradise flycatcher

Paradise flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis Roberts’ No 710 by Pompie Burger  Some people have big cars, some have holiday houses in Swakopmund, and others are privileged to […]
September 3, 2012

Namibian birding – Pied kingfisher

Pied kingfisher Ceryle rudis Roberts’ No. 428 by Pompie Burger  When travelling in a boat on one of the rivers in Namibia’s far north-eastern regions, the […]
September 3, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Crimson-breasted shrike

By Pompie Burger Crimson-breasted Shrike, Laniarius atrococcineus Roberts No 739 People often say the Crimson-breasted Shrike looks like the German flag. I must confess that I have […]
September 12, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Pale chanting goshawk

Pale chanting goshawk Melierax canorus Roberts’ No 162 by Pompie Burger Would you expect a bird that hunts with a honey badger and dances in the […]
September 24, 2012

2012 Okavango Bird Count

A landmark bird count took place in July along the Okavango River. What made this count so unique, was the fact that it was the first […]
October 5, 2012

Plight of illegally traded African grey and other birds highlighted

By Liz Komen THE African Grey parrot is at risk of going extinct because of the scourge of illegal trapping and trading of the species, the […]
October 29, 2012

BIG STORIES about little things – the journey of Etosha Flamingos

This is the twelve in a series by Joh Henschel of EnviroMEND about the Namib Desert.  This is Flam, Ingo and I.. are on the move Photographs by Joh Henschel […]
November 12, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African skimmer

African skimmer, Rynchops flavirostris   Roberts’ No 43 by Pompie Burger We were fortunate to join Mark Paxton on two occasions while he was doing research in […]
November 13, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Cape Vulture

by Pompie Burger Cape Vulture, Gyps coprotheres Roberts No 122 To be quite honest, I’ve never thought I’d ever become enthusiastic about vultures, especially after spending time […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Black Heron

By Pompie Burger Black Heron, Egretta ardesiaca Roberts No 69 After 20-odd years of bird watching and photography, I still consider myself a novice in both departments, […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Meyer’s Parrot

By Pompie Burger  Meyer’s Parrot, Poicephalus meyeri Roberts No 364 The Meyer’s parrot is one of three parrots occurring in Namibia and is probably the most common […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – water thick-knee

By Pompie Burger  Water Thick-knee, Burhinus vermiculatus Roberts No 330 The water thick-knee is one of my favourite birds to photograph because of its huge eyes, and, […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Black-faced Babbler

By Pompie Burger Black-faced Babbler – Turdoides melanops Roberts No 131 These birds are one of Roy’s Camp’s claims to fame. There are quite a few others, […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Rüppell’s Korhaan

By Pompie Burger Rüppell’s Korhaan, Eupodotis rueppellii Roberts No 236 Rüppell’s Korhaan is one of Namibia’s 13 endemic birds found in the so-called endemic zone in western […]

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