News – Birding

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 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 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. […]
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 […]
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 – 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 […]
July 26, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – White browed Robin Chat

White-browed Robin-Chat, Cossypha heuglini Roberts No 599 By Pompie Burger It’s not by chance that these good-looking birds are classified in Turdidae, the same family as the […]
July 26, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Long-tailed paradise-whydah

Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah Vidua paradisaea Roberts No 862  by Pompie Burger As far as garden birds are concerned, the Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah is definitely one of the most […]
July 26, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Grey go-away-bird

Grey Go-away-bird Corythaixoides concolor Roberts No 373 by Pompie Burger I remember the first time a Gab came into our garden to drink water. Helga phoned […]
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 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 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 18, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – Thick-billed weaver

Thick-billed Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons Roberts No 807 by Pompie Burger When writing an article a while back on the various weavers and their building abilities, I […]
July 18, 2012

Bird’s-eye view – African red-eyed bulbul

African Red-eyed Bulbul  Pycnonotus nigricans Roberts No 567 by Pompie Burger The Red-eyed Bulbul is probably one of the better-known and more frequently seen garden birds […]
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, […]

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