birding

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
January 24, 2013

Namibia: The Caprivi springs to life

Photos and text by Annabelle Venter Eight hours after leaving Windhoek in our Land Rover, we finally switch off the engine, open the doors and find ourselves […]
May 14, 2013

The carmine bee-eaters of Kalizo

Text and photos by Pompie Burger “...like a foolish person who builds his house on sand. The rain poured down, the river flooded, and the wind […]
May 17, 2013

To Sandwich Harbour with Sand & Sea 4×4 Tours

Text and photographs by Jana-Mari Smith The four-wheel drive pick-up truck crests the dune and suddenly we are thrust forward into a 36-degree angle. It is […]
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 22, 2013

The critically endangered Blue Crane

Text by Marita van Rooyen “Blue Cranes are critically endangered in Namibia. As with the core population in South Africa, Namibia’s small population of 60 appears […]
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 […]
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 […]

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