Birding stories

December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Redbilled quelea

By Pompie Burger Redbilled quelea, Quelea quelea Roberts’ 821 Impressive, not only in numbers, but also in many other ways, is the Redbilled quelea, so much so […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Hamerkop

By Pompie Burger Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta Roberts’ No 81 The Hamerkop is classified between herons and storks, having features of both – ample justification for being regarded […]
December 5, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Marico sunbird

By Pompie Burger Marico Sunbird, Cinnyris mariquensis Roberts No 779 Looking at the names of the various sunbirds occurring in Africa, such as the Splendid, Superb, Beautiful […]
December 5, 2012

Winter birding in Namibia

by Ron Swilling Time for the endemics When the storms of summer are but a sweet memory, the Namibian winter offers new and different opportunities and […]
February 19, 2013

Walvis Bay Bird Count February 2013

Peter Bridgeford of the Coastal and Environmental Trust of Namibia (CETN) reports: The annual summer bird count at one of Namibia’s most important wetlands in February, the […]
February 25, 2013

Landmark Flamingo tracking project underway in Namibia

Three flamingos (codenamed NFX, NFF and NFZ) were successfully fitted with sophisticated GPS satellite tracking devices at Mile 4 Saltworks, Swakopmund over the past month. This […]
May 20, 2013

Birding Hotspots in Namibia: Epupa Falls

Text and photos by Pompie Burger Driving up to Epupa means different things to different people. For the 4×4 fanatic it means they can ‘do’ Van […]
May 23, 2013

Snap! … new bird species found in Namibia – Wing-snapping Cisticola

Namibia has just become home to a species of bird that has previously only been known to be distributed in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Expert birder […]
May 24, 2013

A blush of colour at the Walvis Bay lagoon – more about the Flamingo

Compiled by Jana-Mari Smith Photographs Carmen Begley© At the end of March 2013 a Venture Publications colleague, a keen photographer in her spare time, captured thrilling […]
June 12, 2013

By word of mouth – Birds of Namibia

Text and photographs Pompie Burger Main photograph: Giant Eagle Owls use their bills to regurgitate indigestable food pellets. Photo ©Pompie Burger Eating, drinking, backbiting, fighting and shouting […]
June 20, 2013

Flamingo tracking experiment off to good start

The three flamingos, known by their ring codes as NFF, NFZ and NFX, fitted with GPS satellite tracking devices in January, have already yielded results for […]
June 25, 2013

Raising young birders

BirdsConTour owner and birder Stefan Rust has begun a Young Birder club with the goal of teaching young children to become bird appreciators and conservators at […]
June 25, 2013

Etosha National Park – Birds of the plains

Text and photos by Pompie Burger Main photo: Lilac breasted roller. Photo ©Pompie Burger  The piano keys are black and white, but they sound like a million […]
June 25, 2013

Music in the world of birds

Text and photographs by Pompie Burger Main photo: Woodland kingfisher. Photo ©Pompie Burger    Music is not a commodity you just buy and sell. It is pure, […]
July 15, 2013

Birding hot-spots in Namibia – north-east

What comes first, the trees or the birds? By Pompie Burger   (Main photograph: Wattled crane. Photo ©Pompie Burger) Poems are made by fools like you and […]
July 26, 2013

Caprivi birding – Garden birds in Katima Mulilo

 … where a vegetable patch is a definite no-no Text and photos by Pompie Burger – Main photo: Thick-billed weaver.  Imagine staying in a town halfway between […]
August 16, 2013

Birding hotspots Namibia

With habitats ranging from the Namib dunes, coastal wetlands and savannahs to the floodplains and waterways of Kavango and Caprivi, Namibia’s birding checklist boasts 676 of […]
August 30, 2013

Birding hotspot in Namibia: Impalila Island Lodge

Text and Photos by Pompie Burger | Main photograph: Long-toed Lapwing. Photo ©Pompie Burger “Enjoy your stay on the one island in Africa where four countries meet,”…or, […]
September 2, 2013

Birds of Namibia: Endemic bird species

Text and photographs Pompie Burger – Main photograph: Dune Lark, Calendulauda erythrochlamys “…en die groot en oop grasvlaktes Span dit toe met doringdraad En die olifant […]
September 5, 2013

Namibia birding hotspot: Walvis Bay

Text and photos by Pompie Burger I suspect all of us who visit the world of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull will never want to return. Richard Bach […]

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