Tag Archives: Southern African Birds

Birds of Erindi – Part 3

The final countdown! But don’t worry bird fans, upcoming posts will feature many more winged friends from Nunda River Lodge on the Kavango River and from Chobe National Park in Botswana.

tawny eagle

Tawny eagle. This bird was sitting on the very top of a tree while a pack of African wild dogs were just waking up for the day under its lower branches.

 

Southern pale chanting goshawk

Southern pale chanting goshawk. These birds seems to be more common in the southern regions of Namibia.

 

Helmeted guineafowl

Helmeted guineafowl. Very common all over southern Africa. The turkey of Africa. Our game guides seemed to get pleasure over almost running over these things as they crossed the road. In future travels, I hope to see the crested guineafowl which has an Elvis-style pompodour.

 

lappet-faced vulture

Lappet-faced vulture. The largest vulture in Southern Africa. Considered to be one of the “ugly five.”

 

Unidentified bird

I really like this photo but I can’t identify the bird. Maybe it is a female or juvenile bird of a common species? It seems to have a very yellow beak, and I can’t match it to any of the yellow birds in Roberts.

 

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Birds of Erindi – Part 2

More birds from our December 2014 trip to Erindi Private Game Reserve. Future posts will feature some of the animals we saw during the 12 hours of games drives. My main birding resource is Roberts Bird Guide, a great field guide to the birds of southern Africa. Highly recommended.

 

Woolly-necked stork

Woolly-necked stork. Look at that plumage! A very sweet find for a bird nerd such as myself since this bird was a couple hundred kilometers south of its usual region. Our guide was excited as well and took photos himself so you know it was a proper rare bird sighting.

 

Black-winged stilt

Black-winged stilt. Look at those sexy legs! (and you can only see the top half of the legs in the photo) This wading bird has the distinction of having the longest legs relative to body size of any bird.

 

Wood sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper. This was one of the four different bird species we were able to spot at a small marshy area.

 

Little grebe

Little Grebe. Not the best photo of this most common grebe in the region. This rufous-chestnut necked bird builds a floating nest. It owns a personal island just like Johnny Depp!

 

white-browed sparrow-weaver

White-browed sparrow-weaver. They make messy nests (especially compared to the southern masked weaver) but they can sit casually in a very thorny acacia tree.

 

Kori Bustard

Kori bustard. My favorite bird name so far. This distinguished looking bird is the largest bustard and one of the world’s heaviest flying birds. It is classified as vulnerable.

 

Red-backed shrike

Red-backed shrike. This is my best guess for this bird based on what our guide said. It is a juvenile shrike we think.

 

Shaft-tailed whydah

Shaft-tailed whydah. The tail will get much longer later in the breeding season.

 

Egyptian geese

Egyptian geese. A very commonly found goose species here in Southern Africa.

 

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Birds of Swakopmund

Some of the birds we saw during a recent visit to Swakopmund, Namibia. (Click to open a larger version.)

Laughing Dove and Cape Sparrow

Laughing Dove and Cape Sparrow (I think they are friends)

swakop-common-waxbill

Common Waxbill

swakop-southern-masked-weaver

Southern Masked Weaver

 

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