This was a 16-day tour in April 2008, with focus on birds.
Areas visited: selected birding destinations in Namibia and the
Okavango “pan-handle” in Botswana:
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Walvisbay, Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe, Erongo
of bird species seen: 316 species
Some of the mammal highlights of the trip included close-up sightings
of Black Rhino at a floodlit waterhole in Etosha, the localized
Striped Tree Squirrel of northern Damaraland, and the restricted
and habitat specific Dassie Rat. Other noteworthy mammals seen were
Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Damara Dik-Dik, Roan Antelope and African
most notable species including near-endemics are listed below along
with the corresponding sites.
& Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
Verreaux’s Eagle, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Pale-winged Starling,
Marsh Warbler, South African Shelduck, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater,
Mountain Wheatear, Cape Penduline-Tit, Great Sparrow, Yellow Canary
and Fawn-coloured, Dusky & Sabota (herero sub-species) Larks.
23/04/2008 Bosua Pass & Walvisbay
Common Ostrich, Great Spotted Cuckoo, White-tailed Shrike, Dusky
Sunbird, Long-billed Pipit, Sociable Weaver, Short-toed Rock-thrush,
Tractrac Chat, Red Crested & Ruppell’s Korhaan, Red Knot, Sanderling,
Common Ringed Plover, Caspian Tern, Osprey, Cape Cormorant, Greater
Flamingo and Great White Pelican.
24/04/2008 Rooibank, Walvis Bay & Swakopmund
More migratory shorebirds with delayed departure times, including
Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Whimbrel, Terek, and Curlew Sandpiper,
Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint (tens of thousands), Greater Sand
Plover and Red-necked Phalarope. Other resident shorebirds seen
were African Black Oystercatcher, Pied Avocet, Chestnut-banded Plover
and White-fronted Plover. Damara Tern, Lesser Flamingo, Yellow-bellied
Eremomela, Gray’s Lark and Dune Lark were other good species recorded
on the day.
25/04/2008 Swakopmund, Spitzkoppe &
Orange River White-eye, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Rosy-faced Lovebird,
Bradfield’s Swift, Karoo Chat, Layard’s Tit-babbler, Chat Flycatcher,
Pririt Batis, Karoo Long-billed & Starks Lark, White-throated Canary
and Orange River Francolin.
26/04/2008 Erongo Mountains & Uis
Hartlaub’s Francolin, White-backed Mousebird, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Namaqua
Sandgrouse, Benguela Long-billed Lark, Lappet-faced Vulture, Tawny
Eagle, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk and Rockrunner.
27/04/2008 Uis, Brandberg
Red-billed Francolin, Ruppell’s Parrot, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Booted
Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin,
Barred Wren-warbler, Damara Hornbill and Shaft-tailed Whydah.
Common Scimitarbill, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Brown Snake Eagle, Gabar
Goshawk, Southern White-crowned Shrike, African Paradise Flycatcher,
Violet-backed Starling, Carp’s Tit, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Red-billed
Buffalo-Weaver, Chestnut Weaver, Green-winged Pytilia, Violet-eared
and Black-faced Waxbill and Golden-breasted Bunting.
29/04/2008 Etosha National
Park (Okaukuejo& surrounds)
Kori Bustard, Northern Black Korhaan, Black-chested Snake-Eagle,
Bateleur, Secretarybird, Greater Kestrel, Anteating Chat, Spike-heeled,
Pink-billed and Red-capped Lark, Chestnut-backed and Grey-backed
30/04/2008 Etosha National
Park (Halali & surrounds)
Spotted Eagle-Owl, Blue Crane, Double-banded Courser, Shikra, Violet
Wood-Hoopoe, Banded Martin and Desert Cisticola.
01/05/2008 Etosha National
Park (Namutoni & surrounds) Lesser Moorhen, Double-banded
Sandgrouse, Southern Pochard, African Harrier-Hawk, Red-necked Falcon,
Saddle-billed Stork, Kittlitz’s Plover, Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler
and Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah.
02/05/2008 Namutoni & Rundu
Greater Painted-Snipe, Comb Duck, African Purple Swamphen, Squacco
Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Mosque Swallow, Sabota Lark (Weibeli),
African Quailfinch and Village Indigobird (Okavangoensis).
03/05/2008 Rundu & Okavango
Panhandle in Botswana
Hottentot Teal, Senegal Coucal, African Mourning Dove, African Marsh-Harrier,
African Openbill, Magpie Shrike, African Golden Oriole, Swamp Boubou,
White-crested Helmet-Shrike, Greater Blue-eared, Burchell’s and
Meves’s Starling, Brown-throated Martin, Wire-tailed Swallow, Yellow-bellied
Greenbul, Hartlaub’s Babbler and Spectacled and Golden Weaver.
Panhandle (in Botswana)
Lesser Honeyguide, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Malachite and Giant
Kingfisher, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Allen’s Gallinule,
Lesser Jacana, Long-toed Lapwing, Western Banded Snake-Eagle, Long-crested
Eagle, Purple Heron, White-backed Night-Heron, Little Bittern, White-browed
Robin-Chat, Luapula and Chirping Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis,
Greater Swamp-Warbler, Little Rush-Warbler, Collared Sunbird, Woodland
Kingfisher, Southern Brown-throated Weaver, Fan-tailed Widowbird
and Brown Firefinch.
05/05/2008 Okavango Panhandle (in Botswana),
Popa Falls (Kavango River, Namibia)
Striped Kingfisher, African Green-Pigeon, Meyer’s Parrot, Little
Sparrowhawk, Martial Eagle, Ashy Flycatcher, Red-billed Oxpecker,
Southern Black Tit, Terrestrial Brownbul and Scarlet-chested Sunbird.
06/05/2008 Popa Falls & Waterberg Plateau
Dark Chanting Goshawk, Brubru, Pale and Southern Black Flycatcher,
Red-Headed Weaver and Jameson’s Firefinch.
Plateau National Park to Windhoek
Purple Roller, Red-faced Mousebird, White-backed Vulture and Alpine
Birding Africa Trip Report by Tour Leader Joe
Many of the birding sites on this trip are described in detail in
the Southern African
Birdfinder which is widely available in South African bookshops
and on the internet. (e.g., www.netbooks.co.za
or www.wildsounds.co.uk). However
you're always welcome to contact
us if you're interested in a guided trip in this area.