Trip Report to Namibia
This was a birding holiday organised by ourselves, Sue Bryan and Paul Jeffery to see some of the birds that we have missed on our other adventures in Southern Africa. We also targeted Black Rhinoceros as we have failed to see this on our other trips. We used the excellent Southern African Birdfinder guidebook by Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Jonathan Rossouw as our main guide but also had a trip report written by J and J Geeson with us.
10th November Heathrow Johannesburg
11th November Johannesburg - Windhoek- Daan Viljoen Game Park
12th November Daan Viljoen Game Park - Walvis Bay
13th November Walvis Bay Swakopmund - Spitzkoppe
14th November Spitzkoppe - Waterberg Plateau
15th November Waterberg Plateau Roys Camp
16th November Roys Camp Rundu Popa Falls
17th November Popa Falls + Mahango NR
18th November Popa Falls Etosha NP (Namutoni Camp)
19th November Etosha NP (Namutoni Camp)
20th November Etosha NP (Namutoni Camp- Halali Camp)
21st November Etosha NP (Halali Camp)
22nd November Etosha NP Hobatere
23rd November Hobatere Daan Viljoen Game Park
24th November Daan Viljoen Game Park Windhoek Johannesburg
25th November Arrival at Heathrow
International flights to Windhoek via Johannesburg with South African Airways cost 2 x £887.65 return.
We hired a 4x4 camper van from Motorhome Bookers www.motorhomebookers.com who sub-contracted to Bobo Campers at a cost of £1302. We paid and extra £40 locally for being picked up from the airport on a Sunday and taken to the depot. Whilst the vehicle coped with all the gravel roads and some sand tracks well, it was rather old and the 'pop-up' top leaked during the three thunderstorms that we had, making our bedding wet. The sub-tank did not work that meant we ran short of fuel in our main tank needlessly.
We obtained South African Rand from the ATM at Windhoek airport but it only accepts Visa cards as Mastercard is not accepted at many ATM machines in Namibia. South African Rand is accepted in Namibia although you will get Namibian Dollars in change, which has the same exchange rate. Before leaving the country make sure you get-rid of Namibian Dollars as they are difficult to exchange once back home. Credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations in Namibia and petrol/diesel has to be bought in cash. There are often ATMs at petrol stations in towns but not at camps.
The weather was hot (30°+ C) and sunny during the day but we did have three thunderstorms either at night or late afternoon, flooding out our campsite on one occasion at Etosha NP.
At the coast Namibia is famed for the huge dunes forming part of the Namib Desert which also consist of gravel plains and rocky hills. Further east the desert gives way to Acacia savannah. The Caprivi Strip in the north-east is a narrow piece of land which is the wettest region of Namibia consisting of extensive wetlands and woodlands.
Paul and I caught the train to Heathrow for our evening flight to Johannesburg.
After arriving in Johannesburg, we caught a flight to Windhoek and were picked up at the airport to be driven to Kappsfarm, where we picked up our 4x4 camper van. We were shown all we needed to know about the van and set off for Windhoek. After some shopping for supplies in the city we made our way to Daan Viljoen Game Park where we did a little birding in the campsite.
Great Sparrow Familiar Chat
Great Sparrow and Red-billed Spurfowl were around the van as I prepared the evening meal and Greater-striped Swallow flew overhead. A Familiar Chat and Mountain Wheatear were good to catch up with again since our last time in Southern Africa, as we made our way to the small lake. Here Red-billed Duck, African Jacana and Blacksmith Plover were on show as well as Painted Snipe and Three-banded Plover. A Lilac-breasted Roller looked smart as Rock Martin and Brown-throated Martin flew above us.
Three-banded Plover Lilac-breasted Roller
In the bushes by the side of the campsite, I life-ticked Burnt-necked Eremomela. By the time the sun set we had forty-five species on the trip list.
The following morning we drove around the loop road of Daan Viljoen Game Park and admired some of the animals.
Blue Wildebeest Giraffe and baby
A Blue Wildebeest was stood right by the roadside as we watched Black-chested Prinia and Ashy Tit in the bushes. We soon arrived at the small gorge where our hunt for Rockrunner began. A Ground-scraper Thrush was carrying food to a nest as Paul located a Rockrunner on top of the cliff. We added Sabota Lark and Pale-winged Starling as well as Mariqua Flycatcher before making our way back to the campsite, where at the cliffs at the back we had better views of Rockrunner.Black-chested Prinia
After lunch we decided to use the gravel C28 road to Walvis Bay. It was slow-going through the mountains and it took us nearly six hours allowing for a few stops to watch Purple Roller, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Monteiros Hornbill, Ruppells Bustard, Black-shouldered Kite, Namaqua Sandgrouse and Martial Eagle along the way.
C28 road nearing Walvis Bay in the camper van
Pale Chanting Goshawk Namaqua Sandgrouse
Once we had reached Walvis Bay we had difficulty locating the campsite which was hidden in a suburban street. However it was soon dark and gave us no chance of any more birding that day.
We had two different locations for the finding of Dune Lark, our target bird; so we headed for what we thought might be the easiest site and headed for the salt works along the coast road at Walvis Bay. However dunes are mobile and since the writing of one of the trip reports that we had with us, a rather large sand dune has shifted position and completely obliterated the track-way that we needed to travel on. Although we had a 4x4 vehicle it was out of the question taking it either over the top or round the sand dune. We had a quick look at some of the waders on the pools and followed our second set of instructions. This too proved problematical as a road sign that we were expecting did not exist and we had several aborted attempts disappearing down track-ways all blocked by a new pipeline. Paul does not give up easily and eventually we found a road now labelled as the D1983. We followed this for 24km and drove inside a compound at the edge of the dunes. This may or not have beeen Rooibank. We walked south for about a mile along the line of vegetation in the searing heat until we eventually found four Dune Lark.
Dune Lark Paul searching for Dune Lark
As our target bird had now been seen, we returned back to the coast road where we enjoyed watching Greater Flamingo, Chestnut-banded Plover, White Pelican, Kelp Gull, Swift Tern, Hartlubs Gull and Damara Tern amongst many other common waders and terns.
Hartlub's Gull Swift Tern
The coastal birding was excellent which we enjoyed but as we have been to Southern Africa several times before we were keen to get going and drove to Swakopmund where we spent four fruitless hours searching near the salt works for Grays Lark. Tractrac Chat was the only addition to our trip list here and we had to admit defeat if we were to arrive at Spitzkoppe before nightfall.
We drove along the B2 admiring Double-banded Courser and Ludwigs Bustard along the way but the scenery was dire. Unfortunately it was dark as we arrived at Spitzkoppe which caused us a few problems as we failed to locate the campsite on arrival due to poor signage at the reserve. It never fails to surprise me how dark it can be in Africa! However we did manage good views of a Rufous-cheeked Nightjar sitting on the track way! After returning to the gatehouse and with better directions we found a camping location suitable for an early start in the morning.
We were up as the sun rose at Spitzkoppe and searched the area below the rocks for Herero Chat. Unfortunately it evaded us and we could not find it. White-tailed Shrike, Monotonous Lark, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Starks Lark, Pririt Batis Mountain Wheatear, Pale-winged Starling and Cape Crombec were all added to the trip list but soon we had to move on as we had a long way to go.
Rosy-faced Lovebird Mountain Wheatear
Pale-winged Starling Pririt Batis
We eventually arrived at The Waterberg Plateau late in the afternoon and soon settled into the campsite at the Waterberg National Park.
The day started really well and we soon located some of our target birds. A Violet Woodhoopoe was sat in trees by the petrol pump by the reception area and one of the workers in the campsite called us across to see a Ruppells Parrot feeding not far from our camper van in the trees. Bradfields Swift, White-rumped Swift, African Hoopoe, Bearded Woodpecker were all welcome additions to the trip list and Damara Hornbill was life-ticked by us both.
We wandered around and saw many other common species and enjoyed taking lots of photographs in the campsite trees and scrub. A Grey Go-away-bird posed in a tree as a Banded Mongoose scurried across the campsite.
Ruppells Parrot Damara Hornbill
We were pleased with our early efforts and Paul returned to the van. I followed but soon disaster struck as Paul announced that he had filled the diesel tank with several litres of water mistaking it for the water hole, even though each hole on the side of our van was clearly labelled. Horror upon horror ensued.
Dismantling the fuel tank
We realised the severity of Pauls mistake and I made my way to the camp reception, where luckily they had a mechanic on site. There was nothing for it but to take off the fuel tank, as siphoning the fuel/water out was not an option. Our next worry was that the camp did not have any diesel and we were a long way from any fuel supply. The mechanic did an amazing job and managed not only to take off the tank and drain all the fuel/water out but saved 95% of the diesel too (for the non-scientific amongst you water and diesel separate out) Three hours later the van was all back together and we celebrated with a pleasant lunch in the restaurant where we watched a Southern Masked Weaver build its nest.
Southern Masked Weaver
This was perhaps the most relaxed we were the whole holiday, as it was bliss just to sit and contemplate having seen some good birds and overcome what could have been a disaster for our trip to be! However we had a long way to go and we were now behind schedule so we never did get to see the animals (Black Rhinoceros was promised) at the top of the plateau. However we did see some Oryx back down on the road out.
Waterberg Plateau Oryx (Gemsbok)
We travelled on the gravelled D2512 all the way to Grootfontein, an excellent route that involved several stops to open and shut farmers gates. Breaking down would not be an option as we did not pass another vehicle all the way. Eventually we met the main road and continued on the B8 55km north of Grootfontein to Roys Camp where we stopped the night along with many other travellers breaking the journey. Here I enjoyed a swim in the small pool and we ticked Black-faced Babbler which was easy to spot here. A small waterhole kept Paul amused as I relaxed swimming after our eventful day.
After a disappointing birding session at Roys Camp we left and drove the 200km to Rundu. Here we made for the sewage ponds (dont all holidays target sewage ponds?) and delighted in the number of birds on offer. The ponds are located by turning left off the B8 and into Rundu town. At the end of the road at the T-junction you turn right and after 4km the settling ponds appear on the left. Here we met some Dutch birders and shared views of many common waders as well as, Slaty Egret, Senegal Coucal, Didric Cuckoo, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Red-faced Mousebird, Kittlitz Plover, Hottentot Teal and Jamesons Firefinch.
It was excellent birding here but we still had to travel another 200km to Popa Falls and time was disappearing fast. After another straight run without much to look at we eventually arrived at the small campsite at Popa Falls. We chose a pitch and a Giant Kingfisher greeted us.
Giant Kingfisher Paul at Popa Falls
The habitat looked good and we wandered around the trees following the trail by the side of one of the tributaries of the river. A White-browed Robin-Chat and Dark-capped Bulbul put in brief appearances as Thick-billed Weaver, Hartlubs Babbler and Terrestrial Bulbul added to the list. We were keen to see Rock Pratincole and made our way to the main river where several Rock Pratincole lurked on the rocks and flew around. An African Fish Eagle sat in a tree above the river and a Black Crake showed too. Light was fading fast and it was time for a meal beside the river.
We were up for an early morning stroll around the campsite where a Black Cuckoo was calling. Meves Glossy Starling and Dickinsons Kestrel added themselves to the list but we were disappointed by how few birds we saw and decided to head for Mahango Game Reserve just up the road. The lady at the gate was on African timing and not in too much of a hurry as we were to get in. However it was a fabulous day and we certainly had good views of both animals and birds but because we had birded the region before we did not have many in the way of ticks!
Lion Burchells Zebra
Our first and only lions of the trip were just inside the boundary gate as we watched Yellow-billed Kite, Bateleur, Black-backed Puffback and Goliath Heron. The nearby Zebra seemed to be oblivious of the lions presence as we admired a Brown Snake Eagle. I enjoyed a better view of a Southern Carmine Bee-eater as Paul picked out a Gymnogene.
Brown Snake Eagle Southern Carmine Bee-eater
We added many other species to our trip list but continued to an area over-looking the river for one of our target species. After admiring Wattled Crane, White-fronted Bee-eater and Jacobin Cuckoo we had a stroke of luck. A Common Cuckoo landed in the reeds at the side of the river forcing out a Greater Swamp Warbler who seemingly was defending its patch. I started to talk about African Skimmer and with that one obligingly flew by! Now if only it would always happen like that.
White-fronted Bee-eater Mahango Game Reserve
The animals were good to see in Mahango, giving us views of some rarer species. We watched Tsessebe and Roan here. We soon added African Grey Hornbill, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Green Woodhoopoe, Red-billed Firefinch and Pin-tailed Whydah to our trip list before making our way back to the campsite for the night.
After a discussion about how much time we had left in Namibia and the distances involved, in order to give ourselves enough time in Etosha National Park, we sadly decided we ought to turn tail and make our way back along the B8 and head towards Etosha. Two weeks is simply not enough time to cover Namibia properly. However we thought before we started the long trail back we would follow some instructions and walk the outside of the perimeter fence of Mahango Game Reserve. Here we watched Golden Oriole and Arrow-marked Babbler before game wardens told us we were in danger and to return to our vehicle. We had no choice and after a little more birding from the road we headed back to Rundu.
After several hours of motoring we stopped for lunch in Rundu at another swampy area just south of the town where Swamp Boubou, Bru Bru, Rufous-bellied Heron and Mosque Swallow were added to the trip list.
We continued for what seemed like an eternity in the van and in the early evening arrived at Etosha National Park. After completing formalities we pitched the van in the campsite and made our way to the waterhole at Namutoni.
The long straight roads of Namibia
Namutoni Waterhole Black Rhinoceros
As the sun was about to set many people were in the shelter at the waterhole all admiring the Zebra that came in to drink. A whisper went round as a Black Rhinoceros stood amongst the vegetation over to our right hand side. It was too shy to come in to the water hole. However Paul and I were delighted as we had missed Black Rhinoceros on all of our other African trips. Close views were had of Blacksmith Plover as the sun set for the night.
After a disappointing walk to the waterhole where the only bird of any note was Painted Snipe, and a search around the swimming pool for Barred Wren Warbler we decided to drive north to some of the waterholes. However November is not a good month for animal watching as the small rains leave puddles everywhere and the animals dont have to visit waterholes. However it is meant to be good for birding. We added many trip ticks to our list but the briefest of views of a disappearing babbler meant I could not add the target bird of Bare-cheeked Babbler that I had wanted. We added Little Sparrowhawk, Red-headed Finch, Scaly Weaver, Burchells Sandgrouse, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Red-crested Korhaan, Northern Black Korhaan, Blue Crane and Crested Francolin as well as the most Kori Bustard I have ever seen strutting across the open plains.
Burchells Sandgrouse Painted Snipe
Kori Bustard Northern Black Korhaan
Animals were spread across the open plains and we added Springbok, Black-backed Jackal, Steenbok, Elephant, and Black-faced Impala as well as seeing plenty of Burchells Zebra and Blue Wildebeest. I was hopeful of getting back to the camp early but it was not to be; however we did have another brief view of Black Rhinoceros lurking near the Acacia bushes.
We left Namutoni camp early and took a route to Halali Camp via all the waterholes. The track we chose was not the best and we were glad that we had a 4x4 vehicle to cope with the rough gravelled surface. The main route through Etosha is gravelled and very good but some of the other routes are uneven and fill up with water during storms. En-route to one of our first waterholes we watched a Spotted Hyena drooling. Rabies in present in the park and we wondered if it was affected by this.
Spotted Hyena Black-faced Impala
Unfortunately nearly all the waterholes on our route were dried up and were therefore very disappointing. We watched a Secretarybird forage for snakes in the long grass and added Long-tailed Paradise Whydah to our world list. We eventually reached Halali Camp where it was extremely hot. After booking in and setting up in the dirt camp we sought some beers in the restaurant and enjoyed being in an air-conditioned room for a while. Crossing over the campsite we watched Golden-breasted Bunting and Greater Blue-eared Starling. Whilst we sat in the restaurant the heavens opened and a thunderstorm rolled in. After a short while we decided to make our way back to the van but before long we were marooned by water. Some tents were flooded out and people were hurriedly moving belongings. We watched shoes, boots and clothing being carried away by the rising water around us. We sat in our leaking van and decided to pull our pop-up bit down. The storm was raging and the water was rising. Paul decided that it was time to move our van to higher ground
..on a flat campsite this was tricky!
Paul photographing the rising water in the campsite Greater Blue-eared Starling
The storm continued to rage all afternoon so birding was abandoned for the day.
Grey-backed Camaroptera Purple Roller
At first light we walked around the campsite looking for some target species. We were to be disappointed. A Grey-backed Camaroptera showed well but was difficult to photograph as it flitted in the bushes.
We drove a loop road around Halali Camp in Etosha NP, where we had some interesting sightings but did not add any species to my world list. Paul added African Cuckoo to his. The trip list gained Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Lanner Falcon at one of the waterholes, Greater Kestrel, Desert Cisticola, Plain-backed Pipit and Pallid Harrier.
As we made our way up towards the main route through Etosha from Halali, we were surprised by a herd of African Elephants that appeared from the acacia bushes on our left hand side and stopped to drink from the puddle in the road in front of us. At first we rather enjoyed the spectacle until we realised that there were more African Elephants in a puddle behind us. We were trapped and the matriarch was none too pleased that we were so close to the small African Elephants as she shook her head and ears at us. A few worrying moments ensued before the herd eventually moved off.
Greater Kestrel Road Block !
After dark we disturbed a White-faced Scops Owl from a tree as we made our way back from an evening meal at the restaurant.
Paul on the Etosha Pan (which is nearly always dry)
We had a long way to travel today as we had to leave Etosha, but we did so visiting a waterhole where we watched a Whiskered Tern. We headed for the other campsite where we hope to get some diesel.
Springbok Red Hartebeest
After yesterdays road block we had a couple more when Springbok and Ostrich blocked our way. A young Red Hartebeest kept us amused for a while too as it annoyed the adults it was with.
When we arrived at Okaukuejo Camp they only had petrol on sale. This was a cause for concern as our sub tank was refusing to pump into the main tank. This was very annoying when we knew the sub tank was full. We now drove on a wing and a prayer that our diesel would last the 97km to the nearest town for a fill-up. It was very annoying as we had to drive extra mileage in the wrong direction when we already had a long way to go that day. Luckily we made it to Outjo and I breathed a sigh of relief. We turned round and headed back north through swarms of Common Swift. I have never seen so many!
Eventually we arrived at Hobatere. Here we were a bit unsure where the campsite was, as even though it was marked at the side of the road there was no indication how far down the track it was. Distances along tracks can be huge in Namibia. We went back to the main road and drove in through the entrance to Hobatere Reserve. After 10km we met a vehicle that stopped to inform us that the reserve was now closed and was waiting to be sold. However we asked if we could remain to watch the birds, which luckily he agreed to. He said we needed to return to the campsite for the night though. After admiring a black morph Gabar Goshawk, Verrauxs Black Eagle and Alpine Swift we eventually found the campsite and two people who welcomed us with the warning not to stray too far from the van as lions were around. We were shown to the viewing platform that looked down into the valley below that contained the waterhole where Elephants had caused some damage some weeks earlier. We were also warned about them too.
The campsite at Hobatere
After cooking a meal we made up our bed and listened once again to an enormous thunderstorm that kept us awake for a large part of the night. We felt very exposed on top of the hill with lightning flashing all around us and rain thudding on the roof. With lions around too, it made a wee in the middle of the night a quick one!
Luckily the morning was bright and sunny as we made our way back to the Hobatere Reserve. We added Carps Tit as a life tick and Pygmy Falcon to the trip list as well as Walbergs Eagle. Several vehicles passed us but they did not seem to mind that we were there. All too soon we had to leave as we were a long way from Windhoek. After several hundred kilometres and noting Black-shouldered Kite perched on telegraph posts, we decided to spend the night back at Daan Viljoen Game Park. Unfortunately they had some kind of event on totally out of keeping with a game park and we were kept awake for hours during the night.
In the morning we were once again short of diesel and the management of Daan Viljoen kindly let us have a jerry can of diesel to see us safely back to Windhoek. Once there we had to re-fill the gas bottle and get the van washed. At the wash place a House Sparrow was busy building a nest.
Back at the depot we changed back into winter clothing and were taken back to the airport for our flight back to Johannesburg and onto an overnight flight back to Heathrow.
Paul at Daan Viljoen Game Park
- African Ostrich Struthio camelus camelus 12/12/2012 C28
- Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Long-tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- African Darter Anhinga rufa [melanogaster] 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Little Egret Egretta garzetta 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Goliath Heron Ardea goliath 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Great White Egret Egretta alba 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris 18/11/2012 Rundu
- Striated Heron Butorides striatus [striatus] 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Hamerkop Scopus umbretta 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- African Spoonbill Platalea alba 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- White-faced Whistling-duck Dendrocygna viduata 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Red-billed Duck Anas erythrorhyncha 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Cape Shoveler Anas smithii 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus 12/12/2012 C28
- Black Kite Milvus migrans migrans 16/12/2012 Roy's Camp
- Yellow-billed Kite Milvus migrans parasitus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- African Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vocifer 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus [bengalensis] 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus tracheliotus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Black-chested Snake-eagle Circaetus pectoralis [gallicus] 23/11/2012 Hobatere
- Brown Snake-eagle Circaetus cinereus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- African Harrier-hawk Polyboroides typus [radiatus] 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Pale Chanting-goshawk Melierax canorus 12/12/2012 C28
- Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar 22/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Shikra Accipiter badius 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Little Sparrowhawk Accipiter minullus 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus 13/12/2012 Rooibank
- Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax 14/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii 22/11/2012 Hobatere
- Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi 23/11/2012 Hobatere
- African Hawk-eagle Hieraaetus spilogaster [fasciatus] 24/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus 12/12/2012 C28
- Secretary-bird Sagittarius serpentarius 12/12/2012 C28
- Pygmy Falcon Polihierax semitorquatus 23/11/2012 Hobatere
- Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 12/12/2012 C28
- Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Crested Francolin Francolinus sephaena 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Red-billed Francolin Francolinus adspersus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Swainson's Spurfowl Francolinus swainsonii 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostra 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Purple Swamphen [sp] Porphyrio porphyrio 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Blue Crane Grus paradisea 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Wattled Crane Grus carunculatus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii 13/12/2012 Swakopmund
- Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Red-crested Bustard Eupodotis ruficrista 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- White-quilled Bustard Eupodotis afraoides [afra] 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Rüppell's Bustard Eupodotis rueppellii [vigorsii] 12/12/2012 C28
- African Jacana Actophilornis africanus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Double-banded Courser Rhinoptilus africanus 13/12/2012 Swakopmund
- Rock Pratincole Glareola nuchalis 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Chestnut-banded Plover Charadrius pallidus 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Long-toed Lapwing Vanellus crassirostris 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Sanderling Calidris alba 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Little Stint Calidris minuta 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Ruff Philomachus pugnax 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- King Gull Larus hartlaubii [novaehollandiae] 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Caspian Tern Sterna caspia 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Great Crested-tern Sterna bergii 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Common Tern Sterna hirundo 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus 22/11/2012 Etosha NP
- White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris [niger] 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Namaqua Sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua 12/12/2012 C28
- Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola [vinacea] 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Emerald-spotted Wood-dove Turtur chalcospilos 15/12/2012 Roy's Camp
- Namaqua Dove Oena capensis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Rüppell's Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Grey Go-away-bird Corythaixoides concolor [personatus] 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Pied Cuckoo [sp] Oxylophus jacobinus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Black Cuckoo Cuculus clamosus 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis [canorus] 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Didric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Senegal Coucal Centropus senegalensis 16/12/2012 Rundu
- White-faced Scops-owl Otus leucotis 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum [passerinum] 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Rufous-cheeked Nightjar Caprimulgus rufigena 13/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- African Palm-swift Cypsiurus parvus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba 22/11/2012 Hobatere
- Common Swift Apus apus 18/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Bradfield's Swift Apus bradfieldi 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Little Swift Apus affinis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- White-rumped Swift Apus caffer 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- White-backed Mousebird Colius colius 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-faced Mousebird Urocolius indicus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 16/12/2012 Rundu
- White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus 14/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Merops hirundineus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus [superciliosus] 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Southern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicoides 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias noevia 12/12/2012 C28
- African Hoopoe Upupa africana 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Green Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Violet Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus damarensis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Common Scimitar-bill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Monteiro's Hornbill Tockus monteiri 12/12/2012 C28
- Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Damara Hornbill Tockus damarensis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus leucomelas [flavirostris] 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Bearded Woodpecker Dendropicos namaquus 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Monotonous Lark Mirafra passerina [javanica] 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana [hypermetra] 18/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Fawn-coloured Lark Mirafra africanoides 12/12/2012 C28
- Sabota Lark Mirafra sabota 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys [albescens] 13/12/2012 Rooibank
- Spike-heeled Lark Chersomanes albofasciata 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Gray's Lark Ammomanes grayi 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea 22/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Stark's Lark Eremalauda starki 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Plain Martin Riparia paludicola 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 13/12/2012 Walvis Bay
- Greater Striped-swallow Hirundo cucullata 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Rufous-chested Swallow Hirundo semirufa 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Mosque Swallow Hirundo senegalensis 18/11/2012 Rundu
- House Martin Delichon urbica 23/11/2012 Outjo
- African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus [novaeseelandiae] 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Buffy Pipit Anthus vaalensis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp [alba] 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Dark-capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor [barbatus] 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Black-fronted Bulbul Pycnonotus nigricans [barbatus] 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Yellow-bellied Greenbul Chlorocichla flaviventris 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Terrestrial Brownbul Phyllastrephus terrestris 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Red-backed Scrub-robin Cercotrichas leucophrys 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Kalahari Scrub-robin Cercotrichas paena 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- White-browed Robin-chat Cossypha heuglini 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Tractrac Chat Cercomela tractrac 13/12/2012 Swakopmund
- Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Southern Anteater-chat Myrmecocichla formicivora 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Mountain Wheatear Oenanthe monticola 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata 17/11/2012 Popa Falls
- Short-toed Rock-thrush Monticola brevipes 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Groundscraper Thrush Psophocichla litsipsirupa 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Damara Rock-jumper Achaetops pycnopygius 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Rattling Cisticola Cisticola chinianus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Tinkling Cisticola Cisticola tinniens 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Desert Cisticola Cisticola aridulus 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava 18/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Black-chested Prinia Prinia flavicans 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Grey-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brevicaudata [brachyura] 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- African Reed-warbler Acrocephalus baeticatus [scirpaceus] 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Greater Swamp-warbler Acrocephalus rufescens 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Lesser Swamp-warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostris 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Rufous-vented Warbler Sylvia subcaeruleum 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Yellow-bellied Eremomela Eremomela icteropygialis 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Burnt-neck Eremomela Eremomela usticollis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Cape Crombec Sylvietta rufescens 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Mariqua Flycatcher Bradornis mariquensis 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- African Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Black-lored Babbler Turdoides melanops [reinwardtii] 15/12/2012 Roy's Camp
- White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygius 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Southern Pied-babbler Turdoides bicolor 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii [leucocephalus] 18/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Carp's Tit Parus leucomelas carpi 23/11/2012 Hobatere
- Black Tit Parus niger 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Ashy Tit Parus cinerascens [afer] 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Collared Sunbird Anthreptes collaris 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Dusky Sunbird Nectarinia fusca 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Mariqua Sunbird Nectarinia mariquensis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 18/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Brubru Nilaus afer 18/11/2012 Rundu
- Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Swamp Boubou Laniarius bicolor [ferrugineus] 18/11/2012 Rundu
- Crimson-breasted Gonolek Laniarius atrococcineus 14/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- White Helmetshrike Prionops plumatus 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Pririt Batis Batis pririt 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio [cristatus] 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Common Fiscal Lanius collaris 12/12/2012 C28
- Magpie Shrike Corvinella melanoleuca 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus anguitimens 16/12/2012 Roy's Camp
- Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Cape Crow Corvus capensis 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Pied Crow Corvus albus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Cape Glossy-starling Lamprotornis nitens 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus 20/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Burchell's Glossy-starling Lamprotornis australis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Meves' Glossy-starling Lamprotornis mevesii [caudatus] 17/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus 16/12/2012 Rundu
- House Sparrow Passer domesticus 23/11/2012 Windhoek
- Rufous Sparrow Passer motitensis 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus 13/11/2012 Walvis Bay
- Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-billed Buffalo-weaver Bubalornis niger 15/12/2012 Roy's Camp
- Scaly Weaver Sporopipes squamifrons 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- White-browed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser mahali 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Southern Masked-weaver Ploceus velatus 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Grosbeak Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons 16/12/2012 Popa Falls
- Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Jameson's Firefinch Lagonosticta rhodopareia 16/12/2012 Rundu
- Blue-breasted Cordonbleu Uraeginthus angolensis 15/12/2012 Waterberg Plateau NP
- Common Grenadier Uraeginthus granatina 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Black-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda erythronotos 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Red-headed Finch Amadina erythrocephala 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Shaft-tailed Whydah Vidua regia 16/12/2012 Roy's Camp
- Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura 17/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Eastern Paradise-whydah Vidua paradisaea 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Southern Yellow-rumped Seedeater Serinus atrogularis 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus 18/12/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis 14/12/2012 Spitzkoppe
- Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris 20/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Chacma Baboon Papio ursinus [cynocephalus] 12/11/2012 C28
- Smith's Bush Squirrel Paraxerus cepapi 20/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Acacia Rat Thallomys paedulcus 19/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas 18/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Slender Mongoose Herpestes sanguineus 20/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo 15/11/2012 Waterberg Plateau
- Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta 20/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Lion Panthera leo 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- African Elephant Loxodonta africana 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Plains Zebra Equus burchelli [quagga] 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis 18/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus 12/11/2012 C28
- Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Angolan Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis 18/11/2012 Etosha NP
- South African Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa 11/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- African Buffalo Synceros caffer 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Greater Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros 12/11/2012 C28
- Southern Reedbuck Redunca arundinum 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Tsessebe Damaliscus lunatus 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Bontebok Damaliscus dorcas dorcas 22/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Red Hartebeest Alcelaphus caama [buselaphus] 21/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Brindled Gnu Connochaetes taurinus 12/11/2012 C28
- Black-faced Impala Aepyceros melampus petersi 18/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Southern Impala Aepyceros melampus melampus 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Roan Antelope Hippotragus equinus 17/11/2012 Mahango Game Reserve
- Gemsbok Oryx gazella 12/11/2012 Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Steenbuck Raphicerus campestris 18/11/2012 Etosha NP
- Thomson's Gazelle Gazella thomsoni 12/11/2012 C28
- Springbuck Antidorcas marsupialis 18/11/2012 Etosha NP