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Day Outing to Farm Teufelsbach

We invite everyone interested to a Sunday outing on farm Teufelsbach north of Windhoek.
Try and be on the farm at 8h30.

Farm Teufelsbach is situated between Windhoek and Okahandja about 50 km out of town.

On offer is a drive to some of the dams which still have water and compiling an atlas card. (We monitor 30 nest boxes from the nest box project running on the farm- no breeding in winter).

Remember to bring your hat, chair, and bird book and picnic for yourself.

Please let Gudrun Middendorff know if you are planning to join us on the farm.

Inland Wetland Count

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.

Please contact Gudrun Middendorff (081-240 3635) if you are interested in participating.

Below is a list of sites which have to be counted. The two yellow blocks are dams which unfortunately have no water, which does not mean nobody can visit this location.

  • Gammams Water Treatment Works
  • Hoffnung Dam
  • Monte Christo
  • Otjivero Dam
  • Avis Dam
  • Daan Viljoen

The files below are a field count sheet and the official Wetland count sheet. While counting the wetland birds you can simultaneously make an atlas card/bird map as well.
Inland Count Form African Waterbird Census Form

Coastal Wetland Count

Report by Peter Bridgeford:

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.

Walvis BaySandwich Harbour
Greater Flamingos26 69445 000
Lesser Flamingos23 61820 360
Unidentified Flamingos4 629
Total Flamingos54 94165 360
Chestnut-banded Plovers11445 000
Avocets2 4363 000
Total of all birds counted74 772100 066

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.

Bird Count: Walvis Bay Lagoon and Salt Works

Day Outing to Farm Heimat

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.

The following file lists all the 59 birds seen/heard during the outing:
Farm Heimat Bird List

Morning Walk at Avis Dam

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.

Damara Rockrunner
The Gang

Damara Rockrunner
Damara Rockrunner

The following file lists all the 46 birds seen/heard during the outing:
Avis Dam Bird List

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


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?