Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

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2016

Morning Walk at Avis Dam


Day Outing to Farm Claratal

After travelling for about an hour from the Game parking lot 18 members of the Namibia Bird Club eventually arrived at a dam on Farm Claratal. A few of the members had one or two lifers. There were a number of highlights: the large amount of Lappet-faced and White-backed Vultures that would every now and again rise into the air from the neighbouring farm where they were most likely feeding, a Verraux's Eagle-Owl which was harassed by the single African Fish-Eagle present at the dam.



Dam Seepage Water
An area where many small birds were seen

The following file lists all the 71 birds seen/heard during the outing:
Farm Claratal Bird List




CONGRATULATIONS !!!

SABAP2 Atlassing/Bird-mapping

Team Namibia (with a lot of help from visiting atlasers) yesterday achieved 10% atlas coverage for Namibia. This means that we have at least one full protocol format atlas list for 10% of the 10 599 pentads in Namibia. We still have a very long way to go.

Surely there must be more birders out there who would like to get involved in this meaningful project?


Dear Bird Lovers,

At the moment there are quite a number of fledgling birds around in our gardens.
Fledglings are young birds that leave the nest and start to follow their parents to learn how/where to fly and find food. They sit on branches next to the nest or hop around in your garden. It happens that People pick them up, because they think these birds can not fly or are injured. They are not! Fledglings need about one to two days to be able to follow the parents everywhere. So please, if you find such a bird do the following:

  1. Lock/Keep your dogs and cats away for two to three hours.

  2. Pick up the bird and put him in a bush or tree nearby where you found it.

  3. Leave and let nature take its course. The parents WILL call or come back to feed their offspring. You can watch through a window or from a distance.

  4. If the bird sits on the ground at sunset, put him in a box with air holes and do No.1 to No. 3 the next morning.

  5. If the bird is injured, falls down again or the parents do not return before sunset you are welcome to call me.

  6. Identification: A fledgling mostly looks like the mother, only some tail and/or wing feathers are not fully grown and the gape is still white or yellow, no down feathers visible anymore.

  7. The period between fledgling and completely self-sufficient is very different in bird species. Some take two days, others two weeks.


IT'S ALWAYS THE BEST IF PARENT BIRDS RAISE AND TEACH THEIR CHICKS, HUMANS ARE AN ALTERNATIVE ONLY IN EMERGENCY CASES.


Biomarket

The Namibia Bird Club will be manning the coffee stand at the Biomarket om Saturday 16 April 2016.
Please come and show your support by passing by and buying a coffee and brötchen, or giving the Namibia Bird Club a donation.


Reminder - Calendar 2017

The Namibia Bird Club is urgently looking for high-resolution photographs (ideally in landscape format) of birds taken in Namibia for our 2017 Calendar. Please initially send reduced sized photos to: Alrun zur Strassen and Sonja Bartlewski. After the photos for the calendar have been selected you will be asked for the full-sized and high-resolution images. No photographs will be bought. All photographers will be duly credited.


Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

10 members of the Namibia Bird Club and 2 visitors from Germany paid the Gammams Water Treatment Works a visit. 6 African Openbills and 2 White-backed Ducks were birds of note. There were surprisingly very few ducks about and instead large numbers of Red-knobbed Coots. 6 White-backed Vultures made an appearance high in the sky as everybody was about to leave.

The document below list all the 72 birds seen and heard.

Gammams Bird List.txt


Independence Weekend Outing

19 - 21 March (Zelda Guest farm)
Room in Guesthouse : N$ 493.43 per person sharing
Camping: N$ 100.00 per person per night
Swimming pool and fire wood available

The plan is to go on an atlasing / bird mapping trip to the east of the country. Zelda Guest farm is close to the border to Botswana, Buitepos and parallel to the B6 are district roads which would enable us to cover several pentads.

Please let Gudrun Middendorff know if you are interested in participating.


Morning Walk at Avis Dam

Directions: Follow Sam Nujoma Avenue (C28) east towards Hosea Kutako International Airport, turn left into Mac Kenzie Road, into Avis road and follow the road to the dam.
Please bring with hat, binoculars and water.

Enquiries: Gudrun 081 240 3635



30th Annual General Meeting

The 30th Annual General Meeting of the Namibia Bird Club will be held at the Namibia Scientific Society, Windhoek on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 19h00

The meeting is called for the following purpose:

  1. To approve the minutes of the 29th Annual General Meeting of the Namibia Bird Club held on 11 March 2015.
  2. To table the report of the Chairperson of the committee and to table the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2015.
  3. According to the constitution of the Namibia Bird Club the longest standing members Sonja Bartlewski and Franz Klein have to step down but will stand for re-election.


Summer Wetland Count Report

Below is a report from Holger Kolberg on the Summer Wetland Count that took place all over Namibia this year. Wetland Count Report 2016


2017 CALENDAR

After the success of the 2016 calendar the Namibia Bird Club is once again looking for photographs of Namibian Birds for its 2017 Calendar.


Day Outing at Farm Krumneck

The day outing at Farm Krumneck was well attended with about 25 people making the effort to get up early. Unfortunately the water level in the dam was not very high but still a total of 74 species of bird were seen and heard. One pair of participants were even fortunate enough to see a leopard crossing the dirt road on the drive to the farm house.

Great Spotted Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo


The document below list all the birds seen and heard.

Krumneck Bird List.txt



New Book: Birds of Botswana

Front cover of book
Cover


Birds of Botswana by Peter Hancock & Ingrid Weiersbye is the ultimate field guide to Botswana's stunningly diverse birdlife. Covering all 597 species recorded to date, it features more than 1,200 superb color illustrations, detailed species accounts, seasonality and breeding bars, and a color distribution map for each species. Drawing on the latest regional and national data, the book highlights the best birding areas in Botswana, provides helpful tips on where and when to see key species, and depicts special races and morphs specific to Botswana. This is the first birding guide written by a Botswana-based ornithologist and the only one dedicated specifically to Botswana.

About the Authors:
Peter Hancock is a field biologist whose work as a professional conservationist has taken him to virtually every corner of Botswana over the past twenty-five years.
Ingrid Weiersbye is a freelance wildlife artist based in South Africa.


Southern Africa 971st Bird Species

With the discovery of a nesting pair of Yellow-throated Leafloves in the gardens of the Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge in Katima Mulilo in the last few weeks Southern Africa now has 971 bird species.

(Source: Southern African Rare Bird News Report)



Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

Although it was a hot morning the 17 participants (including one visitor from Germany and another from Kenya) managed to see 74 species of birds during their morning walk. Highlights were 2 White-backed Duck, 6 African Openbills, 2 Lanner Falcon and a single Osprey.

African Openbills in flight
African Openbill


The document below list all the birds seen and heard.

Gammams Bird List.txt