Birds of Erindi – Part 1

Erindi is a private game reserve located in between Okahandja and Otjiwarango in Namibia. It is 70 719 ha in size and has many of the famous safari animals such as giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, rhino and elephant. We first learned about the reserve through the Animal Planet TV program Into the Pride.

Erindi also has many species of birds thanks to its numerous water holes and varied terrain. I am a novice birder but Southern Africa is a great place to learn!

Crimson-breasted shrike

Crimson-breasted shrike

 

Pygmy Falcon

Pygmy falcon (Smallest diurnal raptor in the region)

 

Bronze-winged courser

Bronze-winged courser

 

erindi-sociable-weaver

Sociable weaver

 

erindi-sociable-weaver-nest

Sociable weaver nest. Tens to hundreds of birds live in one of these large nests.

 

Secretarybird

Secretarybird (Its main prey is snakes, which it kills by stomping with its large feet. They are typically more than 1 meter tall but this one still made it difficult to get a good photo.)

 

Common ostrich

Common ostrich (This one was racing the safari vehicle.)

 

Marabou stork

Marabou stork (The pink sac hanging off of the neck is for cooling and for display. It is also the reason this bird is considered to be one of the “ugly 5.”)

 

marabou stork

Better photo of a marabou stork with the air sac not visible.

 

Grey heron

Grey heron

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