Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

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2017

Annual Bird-Ringers' Get-Together

This year's annual Bird-Ringers' Get-Together will be on the Farm Wiese. Mombers of the Namibia Bird Club will also be attending the outing and other non-ringers are also welcome

Farm Wiese is a couple of kilometres east of Rehoboth on the Uhlenhorst road. There should be plenty of scope for birding as the Schafrivier runs through the farm and there is a huge variety of habitats ranging from mountains to dunes to a nice vlei.

Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to Ursula before 31 March 2017.


Day Outing to Farm Lichtenstein

Farm Lichtenstein lies in the Khomas Hochland and can be reached via the B road.


Independence Weekend Outing to AfriCat Foundation

With the upcoming long Independence weekend we plan atlasing / bird mapping trips to some destinations in Namibia.
The main idea is to go on atlasing trip further afield in order to map new areas and increase the coverage of Namibia.
The general daily plan is as follows: have breakfast, leave as early as possible, drive to pentad, atlas one or two pentads in the morning, return to farm during the heat of the day, late afternoon atlas another pentad and return for sun downer and dinner to farm.
It is great fun to discover different areas where you never have been before.

This Independence weekend the outing will be to AfriCat Foundation - Environmental Centre on Okonjima farm.

Details:
Self-catering! Wood available!
Fully equipped kitchen available (need to bring gas cooker if you prefer to)
Accommodation:  10 tents maximum 20 participants sharing
(Sheets and pillows available - bring own duvet/bedding)
Cost: N$150.00 per person per night
Game drive (on rest of property) optional for a top-up fee
On arrival an indemnity form has to be signed!
Request from management: local guides accompany bird club group to gain some training in identification.


Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

It was a rather disappointing morning walk for the 18 people who attended. There were hardly any Red-knobbed Coots, and very few Egyptian Geese.
However everybody managed to get good views of a Little Bittern. At the end of the walk two Lanner Falcons made an appearance hunting swifts.


In all 67 bird species were seen/heard which are listed in the file below:
Gammams Bird List


Coastal Wetland Count

Report below by Peter Bridgeford:

A total of 118 947 birds were recorded in the Ramsar Site. The flamingo numbers are down, probably because some birds are inland at dams and flooded areas, with a total of 18 609 Greater and 19 300 Lesser Flamingos.

The most common wader, the Curlew Sandpiper, with a total of 16 289, has recorded much higher numbers in the past, with a few counts of more than 40 000 birds. Pelican numbers are up, with 1 108 recorded this count. Only a few counts have had higher numbers in the past.

Terns and Cape Cormorants can push up the totals by thousands of birds, as in January 2008, when over 41 000 terns were observed. This count, we only had 5 000 terns, of seven species. It is estimated that 26 000 Cape Cormorants were seen on the beach on Sunday.

The huge flocks of ducks, the Cape Teal, were also not seen and only 616 were recorded. In February 2013, we counted 11 562. Another conspicuously absent species, were the Black-necked Grebes, with none recorded this count but 16 494 in July 2013 and 23 853 in July 2008. Most ducks and grebes, and a few other species, have gone inland to breed.

The vagrant birds seen were 19 Red-necked Phalaropes.

At the sewage ponds, a total of 7 833 birds were recorded, with 6 860 Lesser Flamingos and 112 Greaters. It is a difficult area to count because of the small dunes and dirty water-logged sand and large sewage ponds and thanks to the Windhoekers who volunteer to count there every time. An unusual find, was a Glossy Ibis.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Buccaneers Squash Club, Walvis Bay Salt Works, Namib Marine Services, Radio Electronic, Namibia Breweries, Wilderness Safaris and Sandwich Adventure Tours. A special word of thanks to the catering staff, who kept everybody from starving to death.

Bird Count: Walvis Bay Sewage Ponds
Bird Count: Walvis Bay Lagoon and Salt Works
The summary for the whole Summer's Wetland Count - inland and coastal can be found below.
Summer Wetland Count

Namibia Bird Club's Annual General Meeting

The Namibia Bird Club’s 31th Annual General Meeting of the Namibia Bird Club which will be held at the Namibia Scientific Society, Windhoek on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 19h00

The Agenda for the AGM, Draft minutes of last year's AGM and Committee Member Nomination Form can be found below:
Agenda Draft Minutes of last year's AGM Nomination Form


Inland Wetland Count

The response to the request for volunteers to take part in the bi-annual Inland Wetland Count was very disappointing and as usual it was the same people giving up their time to perform this important function. However the few that did take part were treated to the sightings of some uncommon birds, e.g. Pink-backed Pelicans were seen at both Monte Christo and Otjivero Dam. Four or five Amur Falcons were seen at Monte Christo amongst Red-footed Falcons.

The morning walk at Avis Dam coincided with the wetland count at the dam. The ten participants were trated to a view of a dam with a small amount of water in it but with no water birds. It was only on the way back to the dam-wall car park that the first of only 3 types of water birds were seen - Hamerkop, Little Grebe and as the group crossed the dam wall a pair of Egyptian Geese landed in the water.



In all 67 birds were seen and heard. The following file lists all the birds seen/heard during the outing:
Avis Dam Bird List


Day outing to the Sonnleiten Farm Residence

The large number of participants (25 including 2 visitors from Germany) resulted in two groups being created. One group did bird-mapping in the pentad containing the residential complex, while the other group bird-mapped the neighbouring pentad. Even though the veld was green the total number of birds seen or heard on the pentad away from the residential complex was a bit disappointing. For one group the sighting of a flying Marabou Stork brought some excitement.


In all 78 birds were seen and heard. The following file lists all the birds seen/heard during the outing:
Sonnleiten Bird List



Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

The first morning walk of the year was well attended with 18 participants. There were a large number of White-winged Terns present after an absence of at least 3 years. Two African Openbill Storks also graced us with their presence.



White-winged Terns
White-winged Tern


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


Waders by Faansie Peacock

The Waders and LBJs books as advertised by the Namibia Bird Club on the 18 November have arrived in Windhoek.

A big THANK YOU to Holger Kolberg for bringing the books all the way from South Africa.