The Namibia Bird Club is looking for a suitable slogan and is calling on its members and other members of the public to come up with one. The slogan should incorporate the ideas of Conservation, Education and Enjoyment.
All suggestions must please be sent to the email address email@example.com with the Subject: Bird Club Slogan.
Lanioturdus Front-cover Change
The committee of the Namibia Bird Club has decided to change the style of the front cover of its journal, Lanioturdus, by placing a different photograph of the White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus, the emblem of the Namibia Bird Club, on each issue.
The committee is looking for good, large-sized photographs of the White-tailed Shrikes. By submitting your photographs to us you will be granting us permission to use the photographs. Photographers will be acknowledged. Please send all photographs to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vulture Ringing day on Farm Smalhoek
You are invited to a vulture ringing day on farm Smalhoek (close to Dordabis) on Sunday 25 September 2016.
You should leave Windhoek in time to be on the farm at 08h00 – approximately driving time: 1.5 hours
Directions: From Windhoek - follow the B6 tar road towards Hosea Kutako Airport to the turn-off to Dordabis, turn right onto the C23 tar road for about 58 km until the turn-off to Dordabis comes up, go straight -follow the C23 for approximately 25-27 km crossing a treeless plain before the farm sign board comes up on the left. Be aware the entrance to the farm is on top of a hill/dune and can be missed easily. The farm house is about 4-5 km into the farm.
Remember to bring your own picnic / snacks / food / drinks /water for the day!
There is no obligation to stay the entire day – you are free to leave whenever you wish.
11 Members of the Namibia Bird Club enjoyed the August long-weekend outing to Omaruru with 2 driving from Swakopmund. The rest arrived from Windhoek.
The Ever Green Camp campsite was very basic but none the less everybody was satisfied especially once again with the meals that were prepared in the evenings.
The weekend was spent bird-mapping with a total of 14 pentads being mapped. The birding was generally disappointing with the campsite only producing a total of 40 bird species during the stay, however 3 species of owl was recorded.
Most of the pentads only produced about 20 to 25 bird species and two pentads that had water sources on them produced about 40 bird species. The most common bird seen was surprisingly the Marico Flycatcher.
8 Members and four visitors braved a coldish, windy morning for one of the poorest birding that has ever been experienced at Avis Dam with only 34 species of bird seen/heard. The viewing of one the resident African Fish-Eagles did however lift everyone's spirit.
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.