It is time for the Winter inland wetland count again and the Namibia Bird Club is looking for volunteers to participate, a small group of 4-5 participants is enough - team leaders, two or three counters and a scribe per location. Counting will occur on Saturday and Sunday.
The Walvis Bay winter bird count was once again completed successfully. The first count took place in 1983.
This is entirely due to ‘citizen scientists’ who have made the count possible. Without the support of all the volunteers over the years, it could not have been done. These volunteers have waded through mud and water: survived sand storms and freezing cold mornings and they keep coming back for more. Thank you. Many of these volunteers have driven long distances, at their own expense, to participate and the Namibia Bird Club members from Windhoek are thanked for many years of assistance.
We also want to thank our loyal sponsors: Buccaneers Squash Club, Binnacle Marine Services, Namib Marine Services, Namibia Breweries, Probst Bakery, Radio Electronics and Walvis Bay Salt Refiners and our volunteer catering staff.
The count in the Walvis Bay Ramsar Site was blessed with warm to hot weather, good visibility, but no east winds. However, at the Walvis Bay Sewage Ponds, strong east wind and poor visibility sabotaged the count and it had to be abandoned. The count at Sandwich Harbour was done by Holger Kolberg and Mark Boorman in cold misty conditions.
Total of all birds counted
Between Walvis Bay and Sandwich Harbour, we have over 120 000 flamingos. The total count is not the highest number of birds for a winter count, but neither is it the lowest.
Thanks once again to all who helped to make the count a success. Take care and see you at the summer count in 2017.
The day outing to the farm Heimat was an proper day outing with most of the 17 attendees only leaving around 3pm in the afternoon. Some suicidal Gemsbok and Hartebeest next to the M51 made for some interesting driving to the farm. After a welcome cup of coffee it was off for the obligatory 2 hour birding walk. After the walk everybody sat down to some delicious Gulash soup provided by the owners of the farm. An afternoon drive around the farm completed the day at the farm. In total 4 pentads were bird-mapped of which only one was a full-protocol. In total 59 species of bird were seen and heard during the visit with the highlights being the sighting of an African Hawk-Eagle and a Peregrine Falcon.
It was a very quiet morning walk for the 13 members that participated with very few birds heard. Eventually with a lot of difficulty a total of 46 birds were seen or heard. A flock of four Great White Pelicans circling over an empty Avis Dam as everybody departed and the sighting of a Damara Rockrunner were the highlights.