Day 3 - Solitaire to Walvis Bay:
The rest of the day we travelled to a rocky outcrop and over the Namib Desert sand dunes, all the way to the main port of Walvis Bay. We had a total of 43 birds, 9 mammals, 3 insects and 3 reptiles, with 36 lifers in all. Some highlights were:
In terms of other fauna:
Overall, the highlights of the day were definitely a surprisingly easy Dune Lark and a family of Meercats!
Day 2 - Windhoek to Solitaire
The rest of the day produced a total of 63 bird lifers out of 65 birds seen, and 3 mammals (all lifers). The most notable birds were:
And the mammals:
Overall, an overwhelmingly brilliant day!
Day 1 - Johannesburg Airport to Windhoek:
As we had 8 hours to kill in Jo'burg Airport, I thought it would be a good idea to sit by a window and do some airport birding! I had anticipated a few gulls, maybe some hirundines, but nothing much, and that was what we got.
We saw the occasional gull fly past, and I was able to identify them as Grey-headed Gull from their distribution. First African bird! First lifer on the trip of a lifetime! Also a wagtail that could've been a Grey Wagtail or a juvenile African Pied, so no confident ID there.
I did strike luck when on the plane at the airport ready to go at dusk, I spotted 2 smallish dark birds on the concrete. I quickly got my bins and field guide out and told Pat (my grandma), who suggested that I should look up 'myna'. So I did, and they were Common Myna - it was awful light but that's definitely what they were! So I got an extra tick because they're not in Namibia!
I'm glad I sat in the window seat, not only because of the mynas, but also the beautiful sunset was mesmerising.
(Sorry about the lack of photos thus far, there are many to come in my next posts)
From the 10th July to the 23rd July, my grandparents (Pat & John) and I went to Namibia on a birding tour with Zoothera Birding. We started off in the capital Windhoek after a 30 hour journey from Nottingham to Johannesburg to Windhoek, working our way to the coast and up to the Etosha National Park.
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.