One of our favorite places in Namibia is along the Kavango River near Divundu. East of Rundu, the river joins with the Cuito River from Angola and flows south, eventually forming the Okavango Delta as it empties into the Kalahari desert. We like to stay at Nunda River Lodge, with very friendly owners and great accommodations and camping.
Blacksmith lapwing. Very common bird along the riverbanks in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Also would be a great name for a band!
UPDATED JUNE 2015 African wattled lapwing. This photo was taken from across the Kavango River so the quality is not very good. Originally confused this bird with the white-crowned lapwing. I took a much better photo of this species recently at Hakusembe River Lodge.
African paradise-flycatcher. I spotted this male and female at Nunda River Lodge. They would not cooperate and hold very still for a photo but you can get an idea of the length of the male’s tail here.
The female posed in a little better light to show off her striking blue beak and eye.
Laughing dove. The band on the neck makes this dove easy to identify.
Grey go-away bird. Very distinct sound, “Gweh.” Also has a sweet mohawk that is semi-visible here.
Golden weaver. Might be wrong about this identification, but the female golden weaver is the closest I best I could come up with.
Red-faced mousebird. Commonly seen, beautiful bird with a very long tail.
Water thick-knee. A fine-looking bird that deserved better than to be named for a slightly above average size knee joint.