Meeting point: At the turn off to Heja Lodge, 7h00
Directions: We follow the B6 east past the International Airport. 3 km past the Airport turn right on to the M51 towards Nina. Drive for app. 67 km, turn right on to the D1471 and drive straight for another 19 km to come to the farm.
Take along your hat, pair of binoculars, bird book, chair and picnic basket.
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.
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.
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:
Lock/Keep your dogs and cats away for two to three hours.
Pick up the bird and put him in a bush or tree nearby where you found it.
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.
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.
If the bird is injured, falls down again or the parents do not return before sunset you are welcome to call me.
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.
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.
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.