Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

Namibia Bird Club

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

2017

Day outing to Omeya Golf Estate

Meeting point: We meet 7h00 outside the Metro building on the corner of Frank Frederick and Chasie Street.

Directions: Drive from Windhoek about 35 km on the tar road B 1 in the direction of Rehoboth and find the Omeya Golf Estate on your right. Please wait at the gate – we have to sign in and will be accompanied by Armin Junkuhn, resident of Omeya to the clubhouse. After the walk we will be able to have our picnic/braai at Armin’s house. There is an outside braai and a swimming pool for us to use.

Take along your hat, pair of binoculars, bird book, chair and picnic basket.

Please let Gudrun Middendorff (081 240 3635) know by Thursday evening if you are coming!

Non-members and children are welcome to attend. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.


Morning Walk at Avis Dam

Meet in the dam wall car park at 07:00.

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.

Remember: Entrance Avis Dam fee N$ 25.00

Enquiries: Gudrun 081 240 3635

Non-members and children are welcome to attend. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.


Vulture Ringing Excursion

The Namibia Bird Club invites everyone interested to a vulture ringing day on farm Omateva (close to Omitara) on Sunday 24 September 2017.

Meeting point: From Windhoek - follow the B6 tar road past the Hosea Kutako International Airport to the turn-off to Omitara – please be there at 8h30! (approximately driving time: 1 hour)

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.

Please let Gudrun Middendorff know by Friday evening if you plan to come.


Biomarket

Thank you very much to everybody who supported the Namibia Bird Club by buying a cup of coffee, cooldrink, Brötchen, cake.

Thank you very much to all those members that helped spread Brötchen, serving coffee and manning the Namibia Bird Club's stand.


Bat Hawks in Windhoek

Two Bat Hawks have been seen since 11 September 2017 in Klein Windhoek at the junction between Nelson Mandela Drive and Von Eckenbrecher Street on the western side of the river in the big gum trees. These are uncommon birds especially for Windhoek. The birds have been very accommodating allowing a number of birders to view and photograph them.



Tagged Vultures

Have you seen this tagged Lappet-faced Vulture? Have you seen any tagged Vultures?

L366
Tagged Lappet-faced Vulture

This Vulture L366 was ringed and tagged by Holger Kolberg on 3 October 2012 north of Elim dune in the Namib-Naukluft Park.

What is a tagged Vulture?
As can be seen in the photograph above a tagged Vulture is any vulture with a yellow numbered tag attached to one of its wings.

What to do do when sighting a tagged Vulture?
Try and read the number on the yellow tag. Use binoculars, a scope or even take a photograph of the vulture and zoom in on the tag. Record the location of sighting (ideally a GPS coordinate). Record the date when the tagged vulture was seen. Send an email with the yellow tag number, sighting location, and date of the sighting to: Holger Kolberg.


Help Wanted: Biomarket

Wanted:

Club members to assist in running the coffee shop at the Biomarket on 23 September 2017.
We are looking for volunteers to help in preparing Brötchen, serving customers etc.
Please contact Gudrun @ 081 240 3635 if you are interested in assisting your club in this fundraising event.


Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

Again not many waterbirds in terms of the number of ducks present. No pelicans. However the 10 participants did manage to see/hear 67 species of bird as listed in the file below.
Gammams Water Treatment Works Bird List


Celebrating International Vulture Awareness Day

Thank you to everybody that attended the dinner or gave other forms of donations.


Day Outing to Finkenstein Estate

This outing is restricted to 15 participants, please contact Gudrun Middendorff if you wish to attend!

Meeting point: At Finkenstein Estate entrance gate!
Directions: Follow the B6 east towards the International Airport till the turnoff to Finkenstein Estate, turn right and wait at the gate to be let in.
Be careful at the turnoff!!
Remember: Take along your hat, pair of binoculars, bird book, chair and picnic basket.


2018 CALENDAR

The Namibia Bird Club's 2018 Calendar is now available.

For non-members the price is N$100.00 per calendar.
For members of the Namibia Bird Club the price is N$80.00 per calendar.

Calendars can be obtained from Gudrun Middendorff, various bookshops and the Namibia Scientific Society.

front page of calendar



Morning Walk at Avis Dam

A combination of members and non-members participated in the morning walk. The water level had dropped since the club's previous outing to Avis Dam and the number of water birds had also decreased.

Amazingly a total of 71 species of bird were seen/heard which are listed in the file below.
Avis Dam Bird List


Educating the Young


Photographs above are of a DHPS School group outing to Gammams Water Care Works on the 4th and 9th August as part of their environmental study on water and water birds. Two classes of nine year olds accompanied by their teachers took to the ponds and with the guidance of Gudrun Middendorff and Neil Thomson of the Namibia Bird Club identified cormorants, moorhens, coots, herons, geese, ducks and many more. The bird club helped with binoculars and awarded each class with a set of bird posters.


Weekend at Wilderness Camp B2Gold

The 13 members attending the weekend were treated to having all their meals provided and cooked for them. Provided accommodation was large two-man tents which contained stretchers. In total 3 pentads were atlassed on the B2Gold property.

Outing Attendees
Group Photo

Below are some images of the camp and surroundings.


The 74 species of bird which were seen/heard are listed in the file below:
B2Gold Bird List

Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

Sacred Ibis and Reed Cormorant
Sacred Ibises and Reed Cormorant

The morning walk at the Gammams Water Treatment Works was a combination of a winter wetland count as well as the usual bird atlassing.

Thank you once again to all the participants who gave up their time over Saturday and Sunday to partake in the count.