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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 B1 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 know if you plan to come, thank you.


A big thank you for your support, donations and a bigger thank you to all the helpers!

The Biomarket day was a big success and without you it would not have been possible to have a nice sum for our kitty.
For those that could not be there you missed out on some excellent cakes.

Biomarket Cake
Were you fortunate enough to have a slice?

Morning Walk at Avis Dam

The cold wind that blew kept both birders and birds away. The six brave members that decided to go on the walk only managed to see and hear 48 species of bird.

The file below lists all the bird seen and heard:
Avis Dam Bird List

Fledgling Spring

It's spring again which also means breeding time for most of our feathered friends.

When bird offspring leave the security of the nest they come across many obstacles and dangers but this also strengthens them for the hard life outside. These “teenagers” are called fledglings. They are still dependent on their parent birds, but are learning to fly and starting to find their own food. In this period, which can take between 2 days and two weeks depending on the species, they are often found by humans. In most cases there is no need to take them into human care; just give them a little help and safety and they will find their way back to the parents on their own.

Red-headed Finch fledgling
Note the white gape on this Red-headed Finch fledgling

If you find a fledgling (same size as parents but feathers not fully grown, white or yellow gape still visible, not flying comfortable yet) just pick it up, put it into a bush or tree where your cat / dog cannot reach it and leave it for at least 2 hours. The parent will return! If in very seldom cases the parents do not return before sunset, take it in, place it in a shoebox lined with kitchen paper and try the same next morning. It will call and the parents will search for him. Only if parents do not return or it is injured ask for help at your nearest Vet, SPCA or one of the Namibia Bird Club supported organisations.

Advice kindly provided by Wild Bird Rescue.

Slogan Needed

The Namibia Bird Club is looking for a suitable slogan and is calling on its members and other members of the public to come up with one. The slogan should incorporate the ideas of Conservation, Education and Enjoyment.

All suggestions must please be sent to the email address with the Subject: Bird Club Slogan.

Lanioturdus Front-cover Change

The committee of the Namibia Bird Club has decided to change the style of the front cover of its journal, Lanioturdus, by placing a different photograph of the White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus, the emblem of the Namibia Bird Club, on each issue.

The committee is looking for good, large-sized photographs of the White-tailed Shrikes. By submitting your photographs to us you will be granting us permission to use the photographs. Photographers will be acknowledged. Please send all photographs to the email address:

Vulture Ringing day on Farm Smalhoek

You are invited to a vulture ringing day on farm Smalhoek (close to Dordabis) on Sunday 25 September 2016.
You should leave Windhoek in time to be on the farm at 08h00 – approximately driving time: 1.5 hours

Directions: From Windhoek - follow the B6 tar road towards Hosea Kutako Airport to the turn-off to Dordabis, turn right onto the C23 tar road for about 58 km until the turn-off to Dordabis comes up, go straight -follow the C23 for approximately 25-27 km crossing a treeless plain before the farm sign board comes up on the left. Be aware the entrance to the farm is on top of a hill/dune and can be missed easily. The farm house is about 4-5 km into the farm.

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 if you plan to come, thank you.

Are some members of the Crow family human?

Many Human-beings like to distinguish themselves from animals by tool design and use, planning for the future and having the capacity for empathy.

Below are two links to articles that cover tool use and capacity for empathy by some of the members of the crow family:

Morning walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

The highlight of the outing was the sighting of a Bat Hawk as it was flushed. Fortunately it circled over our heads for a while before disappearing.

Bat Hawk

The 13 Namibia Bird Club members that attended the outing were joined by 7 non-members, several of whom were from overseas, and one from South Africa.

In all 78 bird species were seen/heard which are listed in the file below:
Gammams Bird List

Long weekend at Omaruru

11 Members of the Namibia Bird Club enjoyed the August long-weekend outing to Omaruru with 2 driving from Swakopmund. The rest arrived from Windhoek.
The Ever Green Camp campsite was very basic but none the less everybody was satisfied especially once again with the meals that were prepared in the evenings.
The weekend was spent bird-mapping with a total of 14 pentads being mapped. The birding was generally disappointing with the campsite only producing a total of 40 bird species during the stay, however 3 species of owl was recorded.

Southern White-faced Scops-Owl

Most of the pentads only produced about 20 to 25 bird species and two pentads that had water sources on them produced about 40 bird species. The most common bird seen was surprisingly the Marico Flycatcher.

Morning walk at Avis Dam

8 Members and four visitors braved a coldish, windy morning for one of the poorest birding that has ever been experienced at Avis Dam with only 34 species of bird seen/heard. The viewing of one the resident African Fish-Eagles did however lift everyone's spirit.

The following file lists all the 34 birds seen/heard during the outing:
Avis Dam Bird List


The Namibia Bird Club's 2017 Calendar is now available.

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

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

front page of calendar