Day 5 - Walvis Bay to Spitzkoppe to Omaruru:
On day 5 we drove from the port of Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, then to Spitzkoppe in the Erongo Mountains for Lunch, and then onto Omaruru where we spent the night. This journey brought us 66 bird species, 15 of which were lifers for me, and 2 mammals.
Whilst driving from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, we stopped at a site for Bank Cormorant, which is endemic to the south-west African coastline, only south of Swakopmund. We did have some difficulty distinguishing them from Cape Cormorant, with a slightly different head shape as an ID feature, but definitely able to tick them!
On our way to Spitzkoppe we stopped at a site for Karoo Long-billed Lark, which was again reasonably difficult. Quite a few times on the trip we had stopped off at possible Herero Chat sites, which are endemic to a strip in Namibia and southern Angola, but we had no luck, no responses to the call. But, when we went to Spitzkoppe, a mountain 1728m high, we saw one, which showed really well! Then, after seeing the Herero Chat, I went with our leader, who was walking off with his camera trying to find the Herero Chat again - I'm very glad I did go with him because we saw a Cardinal Woodpecker, Bokmakerie, Brown-crowned Tchagra and a pair of White-tailed Shrikes closer than any of the others did!
Other lifers of the day included Little Swift, Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill and Brubru.
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