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A Report from

The Western Cape Province and Namibia, 24 Jan - 11 Feb, 2002,

Ron Hoff

FANTASTIC!!! What a fun trip this was. The birds were great, the guides were great, and the scenery was phenomenal! Our trip was organized through Sugarbird-African Birding Tours. This bird tour company is operated by Christian Boix-Hinzen ( He is a doctoral candidate at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, one of the world's leading ornithological centers. We can't say enough good things about Christian and the other leaders we had on this trip. They were all very professional, knew where all the birds were, and made every effort to find them for us. Their combined knowledge of the birds, plants, and animals of the area was superb, and it made for a super trip. We loved every minute of it. Out trip basically made a loop in the northern half of Namibia, with a 2-night visit to Shakawe Lodge, about 40km into the northwest part of Botswana, and then did a loop in the southern portion of the Western Cape Province. Christian was our leader in the Namibia part at the beginning of the trip. When we got back to Cape Town, we had one leader each day for the first three days, and then Callan Cohen took over for the final 7 days of the trip. All of these people were first rate and did a great job.

We finished up seeing over 473 species of birds and more than 30 species of mammals. We also saw many reptiles, lizards, and amphibians. The Cape floral kingdom was simply amazing. Many of the plants are endemic to the Western Cape Province alone. The rock formations and general scenery throughout this trip were mind-blowing: everything from the Namib/Naukluft desert, to a massive granite rock outcropping in Namibia called Spitzkoppe (one of my favorites), to the Etosha Pan, to Shakawe Lodge in Botswana, to the Karoo desert, to the Swartberg Pass near Knysna was incredible and interesting. The lodging we had throughout the trip, while always safe and clean, was unique, interesting, and very enjoyable.

I'll detail our itinerary below, followed by the species list with some comments. I'll then list the animals we had, followed by a few personal comments. CT = Cape Town. I have tried to be accurate in this report, so the information might help someone who has been thinking about going to this part of the world to go birding make an informed decision. If there are any mistakes, they are mine alone and I would like to hear about them ( Great birding to all.


22 Jan - We arrived a couple of days early, just in case there was a problem with the flights or the plane. We got in about noon and Callan Cohen, who took us to the B&B that Christian arranged for us. It was called Parker Cottage ( It was very nice and convenient to some nice restaurants. It was also close to the cable car that goes to the top of Table Mountain. I highly recommend going up to the top. The views are stunning and it's inexpensive. Night at Parker Cottage B&B.

23 Jan - We had a whole day to relax after the 15-hour flight from Atlanta, so we took a boat out to Robben Island in the morning to see the prison that Nelson Mandela was confined to for several years. It wasn't very expensive and we picked up Cape Gannet, African Penguin, Cape Cormorant, Bank Cormorant, Crowned Cormorant, and African Oystercatcher either on the way out or on the island. In the afternoon, we went to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, near downtown CT. It was one of the nicest botanical gardens I've ever been to. The birds were a bit hard to come by there, because it was mid-afternoon, but the activity picked up considerably nearer dusk. We should have done the gardens in the morning and the boat trip in the p.m. There were lots of birds in and around the gardens. Night at Parker Cottage B&B.

24 Jan - Flight to Windhoek, Namibia. Arrived early afternoon. Christian took us to a local hotspot called Avis Dam. Even though the sign at the airport said Namibia averaged only 0.5mm of rain a year, it rained on us that afternoon! It actually felt pretty good and it sparked the bird activity. After Avis Dam, we went to some local sewage treatment ponds. Night at Hilltop House.

25 Jan - Morning birding at Avis Dam again. Birding activity was very good, but we dipped on Orange-river Francolin. The rest of the day was spent driving and birding our way across the spectacularly scenic Khomas Hochland, eventually dropping down into the Namib Desert plains via the Namib/Naukluft National Park. The scenery was unbelievable and we found 4 species of bustards. We were having such a good time that we got into the town of Walvis Bay late. Night in Walvis Bay.

26 Jan - Early this morning we went to the dunefields south of Walvis Bay and found Namibia's only endemic, the Dune Lark. After this we had a quick breakfast and birded the saltpans and estuaries around Walvis Bay, before driving towards the impressive granite inselberg called Spitzkoppe. These rocks rise up out of the surrounding desert plains and are simply awesome. Here we were able to find the Herero Chat, a very difficult southern Africa endemic. We spent the night at a lodge called Erongo Wilderness Lodge. I thought it was one of the most creative and interesting lodges I've ever seen. I wish we could have spent 2 nights here. Great lodge and great food. I had Kudu steak and it was super.

27 Jan - Morning birding around the lodge turned up Hartlaub's Francolin and the beautiful White-tailed Shrike. We then drove a few km away to a dry riverbed and found some other good birds, including Ruppell's Parrots. We spent the rest of the day driving/birding our way to the Okaukuejo Camp at Etosha National Park. Along the way, we ran across a flock of about 25 Eurasian Hobbies hawking migrating dragonflies and good some great looks. The water hole at the camp produced some Rhinoceros and flocks of Double-banded Sandgrouse at night and a family of Giant Eagle-Owls the next morning. Night at Okaukuejo Camp.

28 Jan - We spent the early morning birding around the camp. After that, we birded Etosha, eventually getting to our next lodge, called Halali Rest Camp. This was the first day that the weather got really hot. Up until today, it had been overcast and actually quite pleasant, with low humidity. In spite of the heat, we found birds all day long. When we got to Halali, there was a Scops owl perched in the tree over the lodge office. We went to the water hole this night and found Rufous-eared Nightjar and a great look at a Leopard drinking the water. Night at Halali Rest Camp.

29 Jan - Birding on the lodge grounds this morning produced Southern Violet Wood-hoopoe and Bare-cheeked Babblers. From Halali, we went to a place called Fischer's Pan. From there, we drove a long way towards the town of Rundu, the gateway to the Caprivi Strip, where there are some sewage ponds that are loaded with birds. We birded as long as we could there and then drove to Popa Falls Rest Camp. Night at Popa Falls Rest Camp.

30 Jan - We birded the campgrounds this morning and the small Popa Falls Park, before leaving for Mahango Game Reserve. Mahango was awesome, and the bird activity was strong all day. Eventually we went across the Botswana border and drove about 40km to Shakawe Lodge, on the banks of the Kavango River. We had loads of birds today. At Shakawe, there is a small pond next to the dining area. Later that night we saw the local Pel's Fishing Owl there. The lodge owner told us that the male of the pair was banded in 1975! Night at Shakawe Lodge.

31 Jan - We spent the morning birding the land around the lodge. Activity slowed down in the middle of the day, so we just rested in the lawn chairs, watching weavers and swallows flying over the river. In late afternoon, the lodge owner took us for a 4-hour boat ride up the river. We were able to find a Rufous-bellied Heron, but dipped on White-backed Night-Heron and African Skimmer. Night at Shakawe Lodge.

1 Feb - The first thing this morning we saw the Pel's Owl again, before leaving for a long day's drive to Waterberg National Park. We had found almost all of the target birds, so we birded some along the road, picking up a few more trip species. We arrived at Waterberg after nightfall. Night at Waterberg National Park.

2 Feb - We left Waterberg before sunrise to get back to Windhoek in time to catch our flight to Cape Town. When we arrived in Cape Town, we bid Christian goodbye and were met by Callan Cohen and Peter Ryan, who took us to Paterson House B&B to unload our luggage. After an hour's rest, Peter came back and we spent the rest of the day birding the Cape peninsula with him. It was really fun and scenic. We found Cape Siskins at the Cape of Good Hope. On the way back, we stopped at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, where you could literally stand within a few feet of the African Penguins.

Night at Paterson House B&B.

3 Feb - We were met this morning by Phil Hockey, who took us birding on the east side of False Bay, where we found Cape Rockjumper, Cape Robin, and other goodies. We also went to another botanical gardens called Porter, where we found some more trip birds, including Swee Waxbills. After lunch we went to the town of Paarl, where there is a large rock outcropping, to look for the Protea Canary. We dipped on the canary here, but added several other species in the process. Night at Paterson House B&B.

4 Feb - We were supposed to go on a pelagic trip today, but the captain called it off at 0600 because of high winds and rough seas. Instead, we were met by Michael Mills, who then took us birding to the West Coast National Park. Despite very high winds, we were able to find all of our target birds for the day. We had a great time with Michael. Night at Paterson House B&B.

5 Feb - Callan Cohen ( picked us up early in the morning and we went to an area near the Univ. of CT, where we were able to get a glimpse of the endemic Knysna Warbler. We then birded some around the base of Table Mountain before heading north towards the Cederberg Mountains and the town of Clanwilliam. After checking in at our B&B, we went out in the late afternoon and managed to find Protea Canary. Night at Henry Holloway's B&B.

6 Feb - Today we entered the Karoo desert. It's a land of stark scenery, but mesmerizing nevertheless. We were successful in finding all the target birds we were looking for, including great looks at Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, and Ground Woodpeckers. We spent the night at a B&B run by a Swiss man named Werner. His B&B was fantastic, using solar power, and the food was some of the best I've ever had. He served us his famous Lamb, cooked in an old black pot, and it was superb. Werner and his wife are also artists, so there is interesting art all over the place.

7 Feb - We left the Karoo and made our way towards De Hoop Nature Reserve. Along the way, Callan called a man who he knew had Crowned Hawk-Eagles nesting on his property. He got the man's OK, and we eventually saw the almost full-grown juvenile. It was a great experience. On the way out and going towards De Hoop, we saw a Caracal on the side of the road. What a beautiful cat! On the way to De Hoop, we picked up Karoo Korhaan. Night at Buchu Bushcamp.

8 Feb - Before breakfast, we birded the fynbos scrub around the lodge and picked up Southern Tchagra, Stanley's Bustard, and Hottentot Buttonquail (a great look on the ground). We then birded our way back towards the main highway (N2), before settling in for the long drive to Knysna. Night at Madiba's Tide Hotel.

9 Feb - We did some early morning birding near the hotel, had breakfast, and then went to Nature's Valley. Nature's Valley was great fun and great birding. Night at Madiba's Tide Hotel.

10 Feb - Our objective today was to bird our way to the Karoo National Park. The highlight of the day was finding and seeing well Victorin's Warbler on the way up Swartberg pass. The pass itself was stunning. Although it was only about 1500M in elevation, you felt like you were on top of the world and the rock formations were unbelievably beautiful. Night at Karoo National Park Lodge, where they had a stuffed Black Eagle in the lobby. It was incredible!

11 Feb - By now we had seen all our target birds except Karoo Long-billed Lark. We were able to find it and get great looks at it, our 19th species of lark for the trip! We bumped into Christian here again, as he was guiding a group of birders from Taiwan and they were also staying at the lodge. On our way back to CT to catch our flight, we had an unsolvable problem with one of the wheels on our hire car (two bolts of the tire had snapped off!). After we had stopped to see what was making the car vibrate and found out what the problem was, Callan used his cell phone to call Christian, who was only about 20km further up the road at the time. We managed to drive to where he was and squeeze into his two vans, thereby making it back to CT in time for our flight home. Unfortunately, we had to leave Callan with the broken car. He did an outstanding job and we really enjoyed our time with him. He really has an incredible amount of knowledge about the birds, their habitats, the floral community, and history of the Western Cape Province. All of this made for an outstanding trip. Thanks Callan!


My computer program uses James Clements' Fifth Edition of the Checklist of the Birds of the World. That's what the names of the species here follows, although a lot of the names are different in the field guides. When I refer to "the Cape", I am referring to the Western Cape Province. WCP = West Coast Park. Mahango is the Mahango Game Reserve near the Botswana border (a great place). Shakawe is the Shakawe Lodge on the banks of the Kavango River in NW Botswana. Occasionally I will mark a leader only bird (L) or a heard bird (H). The numbers are the date the bird was seen (29 = Jan. 29). When I say "only found at.", I mean for this trip only, not the species' breeding range. Like most birding trips, once we found a species, we didn't actively pursue it again, so a lack of sightings doesn't necessarily mean it is rare.

Ostrich  Struthio camelus. Fairly common during the whole trip.
Jackass Penguin  Spheniscus demersus. Only encountered around CT, Boulder Beach, and Robben Is.
Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis. Also called Dabchick. 24, 29, 10.
Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus. 26, 10.
Eared Grebe  Podiceps nigricollis. 24. Only seen once at Avis Dam.
Great White Pelican  Pelecanus onocrotalus. 26, 3, 5.
Cape Gannet  Morus capensis. 23, 2. Seen going out to Robben Island and at Cape Point lighthouse.
Great Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo. 23, 24, 26, 2, 5, 8.
Cape Cormorant  Phalacrocorax capensis. 23, 2. Seen at Robben Island and on the Cape peninsula.
Bank Cormorant  Phalacrocorax neglectus. 23, 2. Same as Cape Cor.
Long-tailed Cormorant  Phalacrocorax africanus. Also called Reed Cor. Common; seen several times.                    
Crowned Cormorant  Phalacrocorax coronatus. 23, 26, 2. Same as Cape Cor., except we also saw it on an offshore, man-made breeding platform, north of Walvis Bay.
Darter  Anhinga melanogaster. 24, 30, 31, 1, 3.
Gray Heron  Ardea cinerea, seen a few times in Namibia, but common in the Cape.
Black-headed Heron  Ardea melanocephala. About the same as gray Heron.
Goliath Heron  Ardea goliath. 30, 31. Only seen in Mahango and around Shakawe.
Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea. 31. Only seen once on the Kavango River.
Great Egret  Ardea alba. 30, 31. Only encountered in Mahango and Shakawe.
Black Heron  Egretta ardesiaca. 30. Only seen once in Mahango.
Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia. 31. Only one seen in Botswana.
Little Egret  Egretta garzetta. Seen several times during the trip.
Squacco Heron  Ardeola ralloides. 24, 29, 30, 1.
Rufous-bellied Heron  Ardeola rufiventris. 31. Only found one bird flying over along the Kavango River, during our afternoon boat ride.
Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis. Common.
Striated Heron  Butorides striatus. 30, 31.
Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax. 24, 29, 31.
Hamerkop  Scopus umbretta. 24, 25, 30 (15), 1, 8, 11. Fairly common.
African Openbill  Anastomus lamelligerus. 30, 31. Mahango and Shakawe.
Black Stork  Ciconia nigra. 11. One bird seen soaring over the highway (N1), on the way back to CT.
Abdim's Stork  Ciconia abdimii. 28, 30, 31, 2. Only seen in Namibia, but found several times.
Woolly-necked Stork  Ciconia episcopus. 30. Found one bird in Mahango.
White Stork  Ciconia ciconia. 2, 3, 7, 8. Fairly easy in the Cape.
Saddle-billed Stork  Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis. 30. Christian spotted this beauty soaring overhead  in Mahango.
Marabou Stork  Leptoptilos crumeniferus. 28, 29. Around the Etosha area.
Sacred Ibis  Threskiornis aethiopicus. Fairly common in the Cape.
Hadada Ibis  Bostrychia hagedash. Fairly common in the Cape.
Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus. 5. Only seen once on the way to Clanwilliam.
African Spoonbill  Platalea alba. 3, 4, 7, 8, 11.
Greater Flamingo  Phoenicopterus ruber. 26, 29, Walvis Bay and Fisher's Pan.
Lesser Flamingo  Phoenicopterus minor. 26, 29, 31. Same as Greater, plus Shakawe area.
White-faced Whistling-Duck  Dendrocygna viduata. 29-1. Fairly common in N. Namibia.
Egyptian Goose  Alopochen aegyptiacus. One of the commonest birds we saw on the trip.
South African Shelduck  Tadorna cana. 24, 28, 4. Avis Dam, Etosha, and WCP.
Spur-winged Goose  Plectropterus gambensis. 24, 29-1, 4, 10. Seen several times.
Comb Duck  Sarkidiornis melanotos. 29-1. Fairly common in N. Namibia.
African Pygmy-goose  Nettapus auritus. 30, 31. Resident pair on pond at Shakawe. Gorgeous!
Cape Teal  Anas capensis. 26. Walvis Bay.
Yellow-billed Duck  Anas undulata.5, 10. On the way to Clanwilliam and at Long Lake, near Knysna.
Red-billed Duck  Anas erythrorhyncha. Fairly common in Namibia; east of CT.
Hottentot Teal  Anas hottentota. 24, 29. Windhoek and Fischer's Pan.
Cape Shoveler  Anas smithii. 3, 10. East of CT and Long Lake.
Southern Pochard  Netta erythrophthalma. 24, 29. Windhoek and Fischer's Pan.
Maccoa Duck  Oxyura maccoa. 24. Windhoek area.
European Honey-buzzard  Pernis apivorus. 24, 5. Windhoek and at base of Table Mountain.
Black-shouldered Kite  Elanus caeruleus. Fairly common.
Black Kite  Milvus migrans. Called Yellow-billed and accepted in Africa as a good species. Not   recognized by Clements yet. Common.
African Fish-Eagle  Haliaeetus vocifer. 30, 31, 10. Mahango, Shakawe, and Knysna area.
White-backed Vulture  Gyps africanus. Fairly common in Namibia.
Lappet-faced Vulture  Torgos tracheliotus. 25, 28, 30.
Black-breasted Snake-Eagle  Circaetus pectoralis. 25, 27, 29, 1. Encountered several times.
Brown Snake-Eagle  Circaetus cinereus. 25. Good looks at one along the highway to Walvis Bay.
Bateleur  Terathopius ecaudatus. 28, 30. Etosha and Mahango.
African Marsh-Harrier  Circus ranivorus. 31. Kavango River.
Black Harrier  Circus maurus. 4, 7, 8. Great looks at WCP. Also at De Hoop.
African Harrier-Hawk  Polyboroides typus. 30. Only found one perched in a night search at Shakawe.
Dark Chanting-Goshawk  Melierax metabates. 30. One bird seen very well on highway to Rundu.
Pale Chanting-Goshawk  Melierax canorus. Common everywhere.
Gabar Goshawk  Micronisus gabar. 25, 28, 31, 1. Fairly easy to find. Perches conspicuously.
African Goshawk  Accipiter tachiro. 5, 9. Near Clanwilliam and Nature's Valley.
Shikra  Accipiter badius. 28, 29. Etosha area only.
Little Sparrowhawk  Accipiter minullus. 27, 30. On the way to Etosha and Mahango.
Black Goshawk  Accipiter melanoleucus. 1. Poor look at one as it streaked across the road.
Eurasian Buzzard  Buteo buteo. Common everywhere.
Mountain Buzzard  Buteo oreophilus. 3, 7, 9, 10. Several good looks in the Cape.
Augur Buzzard  Buteo augur. 25, 26. Seen on the highway to Walvis Bay and to Erongo the next day.
Jackal Buzzard  Buteo rufofuscus. 3, 4, 6, 8, 10. Several good looks in the Cape.
Tawny Eagle  Aquila rapax. 28, 30, 2. Seen a few times in N. Namibia.
Steppe Eagle  Aquila nipalensis. 27, 30. Erongo to Etosha, and at Mahango.
Wahlberg's Eagle  Aquila wahlbergi. 30. One bird seen soaring at Mahango.
Verreaux's Eagle  Aquila verreauxii. 25, 11. A pair seen on the way to Walvis Bay and again at Karoo  National Park.
African Hawk-Eagle  Hieraaetus spilogaster. 25. One bird seen on the way to Walvis Bay.
Booted Eagle  Hieraaetus pennatus. 3, 6-8, 11. Seen several times in the eastern Cape.
Martial Eagle  Polemaetus bellicosus. 25, 30. Two flew right over us in Namib/Naukluft; another in  Mahango.
Crowned Hawk-Eagle  Stephanoaetus coronatus. 7. A side trip to private property, where a juvenile had  fledged and was still hanging around. Stunning!
Secretary-bird  Sagittarius serpentarius. 28. Only seen in the Etosha area.
Pygmy Falcon  Polihierax semitorquatus. 25, 28. A couple seen on the way to Walvis Bay; Etosha.
Lesser Kestrel  Falco naumanni. 8. We found a flock of 11 birds soaring over wheat fields on the way   from De Hoop to Knysna.
Eurasian Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus. Seen several times in both countries.
Greater Kestrel  Falco rupicoloides. 25, 28, 6, 10L, 11. Beautiful bird. Seen several times.
Red-necked Falcon  Falco chicquera. 28. Saw one bird very well at Okaukuejo Camp in the a.m.
Eurasian Hobby  Falco subbuteo. 27. We came a cross a flock of about 25 on our way to Etosha. They  were hawking migrating dragonflies. A great experience with lots of good looks.
Lanner Falcon  Falco biarmicus. 25, 27, 28, 2, 4. We must have seen a total of 10 birds.
Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus. 26, 28, 3, 7. Encountered sporadically.
Gray-winged Francolin  Francolinus africanus. 2. Found 3-4 along the side of a road in the Cape Penin.
Hartlaub's Francolin  Francolinus hartlaubi. 27. Found a small group among the rocks at Erongo  Wilderness Lodge grounds, not far from our tent.
Red-billed Francolin  Francolinus adspersus. Very common throughout Namibia.
Cape Francolin  Francolinus capensis. 2, 4, 8. Cape Peninsula, WCP, and De Hoop.
Red-necked Francolin  Francolinus afer. 10. A family group walked right in front of us near Long Lake.
Swainson's Francolin  Francolinus swainsonii. 28, 30, 1. Seen easily at Etosha and Mahango.
Helmeted Guineafowl  Numida meleagris. Common.
Hottentot Buttonquail  Turnix hottentotta. 8. Great, very quick look at this ultra skulker near Buchu  Bushcamp.
Blue Crane  Grus paradisea. 28, 29, 5-8. Etosha, but the center of the breeding range is around De  Hoop. We saw many in that area.
Wattled Crane  Bugeranus carunculatus. 30, 1. Great looks at a family group of 3 in Mahango.
Black Crake  Amaurornis flavirostris. 30, 31. Quick looks at Popa Falls and Mahango.
Purple Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio. 24, 29, 10. Windhoek, Fischer's Pan, and Long Lake.
Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus. 24, 29, 1, 10.
Lesser Moorhen  Gallinula angulata. 29, 1. Seen well both times we were at the sewage ponds near  Rundu.
Red-knobbed Coot  Fulica cristata. 24, 29, 1, 5, 10, 11.
Kori Bustard  Ardeotis kori. 25, 28, 29. Found several times in the desert areas.
Ludwig's Bustard  Neotis ludwigii. 25. We came across a group of 4 along the highway to Walvis Bay.
Stanley Bustard  Neotis denhami. 8. Only saw one flyover near Buchu Bushcamp.
Karoo Bustard  Eupodotis vigorsii. 7. Saw 4 birds in plowed wheat fields on the way to De Hoop.
Rueppell's Bustard  Eupodotis rueppellii. 25, 26. Seen on the way to Walvis Bay and again the next day to Erongo.
Red-crested Bustard  Eupodotis ruficrista. 25, 26, 29. On way to Walvis Bay and Erongo; also Etosha.
Black Bustard  Eupodotis afra. 4, 8. Several seen in WCP right next to our car.
White-quilled Bustard  Eupodotis afraoides. 26, 28. Near Erongo and Etosha area.
African Jacana  Actophilornis africanus. 29-1. Seen fairly often in N. Namibia.
Greater Painted-snipe  Rostratula benghalensis. 29. One quick look at the sewage ponds near Rundu.
African Oystercatcher  Haematopus moquini. 23, 2. Robben Island and Cape Peninsula.
Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus. 24, 29, 3, 4, 10, 11.
Pied Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta. 29. Only found at Fischer's Pan.
Water Thick-knee  Burhinus vermiculatus. 27, 28, 30, 31. Found several times in N. Namibia.
Spotted Thick-knee  Burhinus capensis. 23, 10. Kirstenbosch and Long Lake.
Burchell's Courser  Cursorius rufus. 25, 26. Found a group of 8 near the zebra pan in Namib/Naukluft.
Temminck's Courser  Cursorius temminckii. 28. Only found one day in Etosha.
Double-banded Courser  Smutsornis africanus. 25. Only saw some along the road to Walvis Bay.
Collared Pratincole  Glareola pratincola. 30. Mahango.
Black-winged Pratincole  Glareola nordmanni. 30. Flying in the same group as the Collareds.
Rock Pratincole  Glareola nuchalis. 30. Also saw these in Mahango.
Long-toed Lapwing  Vanellus crassirostris. 30, 31. Seen in Mahango and near Shakawe.
Blacksmith Plover  Vanellus armatus. Common everywhere.
Crowned Lapwing  Vanellus coronatus. Fairly common in both countries.
Wattled Lapwing  Vanellus senegallus. 30, 31. Only seen in Mahango and Shakawe.
Black-bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola. 26, 4. Walvis Bay estuaries and WCP Lagoon.
Common Ringed Plover  Charadrius hiaticula. 26, 4. Same as BBPlover.
Kittlitz's Plover  Charadrius pecuarius. 24, 4. Avis Dam and WCP lagoon.
Three-banded Plover  Charadrius tricollaris. Fairly common in Namibia, not in the Cape.
White-fronted Plover  Charadrius marginatus. 26, 31, 2. Walvis Bay, Shakawe, and Cape peninsula.
Chestnut-banded Plover  Charadrius pallidus. 26. Walvis Bay estuaries. Great looks.
Bar-tailed Godwit  Limosa lapponica. 26, 4. Walvis Bay and WCP lagoon.
Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus. 26. Walvis Bay.
Eurasian Curlew  Numenius arquata. 4. One bird seen at WCP lagoon.
Common Greenshank  Tringa nebularia. 24, 26, 29, 1. Fairly common.
Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola. 24, 28-30, 1.
Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos. 24, 28-1.
Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres. 26, 4. Walvis Bay and WCP lagoon.
Red Knot  Calidris canutus. 4. WCP lagoon.
Sanderling  Calidris alba. 26, 4. Walvis Bay and WCP lagoon.
Little Stint  Calidris minuta. 24, 26, 4. Windhoek, Walvis Bay, and WCP lagoon.
Curlew Sandpiper  Calidris ferruginea. 26, 29, 4. Walvis Bay, Fischer's Pan, and WCP lagoon.
Ruff  Philomachus pugnax. Common throughout Namibia and at WCP lagoon.
Kelp Gull  Larus dominicanus. Common gull in the area, more so in the Cape.
Gray-headed Gull  Larus cirrocephalus. 26, 29, 31. Walvis Bay, Fischer's Pan, and Shakawe.
Hartlaub's Gull  Larus hartlaubii. Common in the Cape and at Walvis Bay.
Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia. 26, 9. Walvis Bay and Knysna area.
Sandwich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis. 2. Only found at Cape peninsula.
Great Crested Tern  Sterna bergii. 23, 26, 2. Cape peninsula and Walvis Bay.
Common Tern  Sterna hirundo. 26. Walvis Bay.
Damara Tern  Sterna balaenarum. 26. Several seen in the Walvis Bay estuary area.
White-winged Tern  Chlidonias leucopterus. 26, 29-31. Walvis Bay, Mahango, and Shakawe.
Namaqua Sandgrouse  Pterocles namaqua. 28. Only found in the Etosha area.
Double-banded Sandgrouse  Pterocles bicinctus. 27, 28. Okaukuejo Camp water hole at night and the  next day in the Etosha area.
Rock Dove  Columba livia. Common.
Speckled Pigeon  Columba guinea. Fairly common in both countries.
Rameron Pigeon  Columba arquatrix. 23, 5, 9. Kirstenbosch, Clanwilliam, and Madiba's Hotel.
African Mourning Dove  Streptopelia decipiens. 29, 31, 1. Only found in N. Namibia and Shakawe.
Red-eyed Dove  Streptopelia semitorquata. Common.
Ring-necked Dove  Streptopelia capicola. Called Cape Turtle-Dove. Common.
Laughing Dove  Streptopelia senegalensis. Most common bird of the trip.
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove  Turtur chalcospilos. 30, 31, 1. Mahango and Shakawe.
Namaqua Dove  Oena capensis. Common in both countries.
African Green-Pigeon  Treron calva. 30. Only found at Popa Falls Rest camp.
Rosy-faced Lovebird  Agapornis roseicollis. 25-27. Found several times along the road to Walvis Bay   and the areas around Erongo Lodge.
Meyer's Parrot  Poicephalus meyeri. 30. We found 4 along the highway to Popa Falls.
Rueppell's Parrot  Poicephalus rueppellii. 27. Only found in the dry riverbed below Erongo   Wilderness Lodge.
Knysna Turaco  Tauraco corythaix. 9. Knysna area and Nature's Valley.
Gray Go-away-bird  Corythaixoides concolor. Common in Namibia only.
Pied Cuckoo  Clamator jacobinus. 29. Only one bird seen on the way to Popa Falls.
Levaillant's Cuckoo  Clamator levaillantii. 31. One bird seen well on Shakawe lodge grounds.
Great Spotted Cuckoo  Clamator glandarius. 28-30, 1. Etosha, Mahango, and Shakawe.
Black Cuckoo  Cuculus clamosus. 30, 10. Mahango and Long Lake.
African Cuckoo  Cuculus gularis. 29, 30, 1. To popa Falls and Mahango.
Klaas's Cuckoo  Chrysococcyx klaas. 8. Juvenile bird being fed by Bar-throated Apalis near De Hoop.
Dideric Cuckoo  Chrysococcyx caprius. 30, 31, 1, 8. Mahango, Shakawe, and De Hoop.
Coppery-tailed Coucal  Centropus cupreicaudus. 31. Found 8 birds on the banks of the Kavango River.
Senegal Coucal  Centropus senegalensis. 30, 1. Mahango.
White-browed Coucal  Centropus superciliosus. 30. Couple of birds seen in Popa Falls park.
Barn Owl  Tyto alba. 26. One seen at Erongo Wilderness lodge in the evening.
African Scops-Owl  Otus senegalensis. 28. Found a perched bird over the office at Halali.
Spotted Eagle-Owl  Bubo africanus. 28, 2, 6. Seen well at Halali, Waterberg (on the road in the  morning as we were leaving before dawn), and the Karoo.
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl  Bubo lacteus. 28. Family group at Kaukuejo Camp water hole in the a.m.
Pel's Fishing-Owl  Scotopelia peli. 30, 1. Both sightings were at Shakawe Lodge.
African Wood-Owl  Strix woodfordii. 30. Had a nice pair calling at Popa Falls rest camp.
Pearl-spotted Owlet  Glaucidium perlatum. 27, 28. Erongo riverbed and Halali.
African Barred Owlet  Glaucidium capense. 31. One bird seen outside Shakawe Lodge.
Rufous-cheeked Nightjar  Caprimulgus rufigena. 27, 28. Seen at the water holes at Okaukuejo and   Halali camps.
Freckled Nightjar  Caprimulgus tristigma. 2. Had one bird on the road going out of Waterberg Park  early before dawn.
African Palm-Swift  Cypsiurus parvus. 28, 29, 1, 2.
Alpine Swift  Tachymarptis melba. 27, 3, 6, 7, 10.
African Swift  Apus barbatus. 25. Seen once on the way to Walvis Bay.
Bradfield's Swift  Apus bradfieldi. 24, 25, 27, 2. Common around Windhoek. They were roosting in  Hilltop House, our B&B in Windhoek.
Little Swift  Apus affinis. 24, 25, 31, 1, 5, 11.
Horus Swift  Apus horus. 8. Only found around Buchu Bushcamp near De Hoop.
White-rumped Swift  Apus caffer. 24, 25, 8. Windhoek, and De Hoop.
Speckled Mousebird  Colius striatus. 2, 7-10. Cape penin. and eastern WCP.
White-backed Mousebird  Colius colius. 24, 25, 4, 11. Windhoek , WCP, and Karoo N.P.
Red-faced Mousebird  Urocolius indicus. 24, 26L, 30. Avis Dan area, Walvis Bay, and Popa Falls.
Narina Trogon  Apaloderma narina. 9. Only found at Nature's Valley campground.
Half-collared Kingfisher  Alcedo semitorquata. 10. Had to take canoe trip up river at the Long Lake  area before we found one bird.
Malachite Kingfisher  Alcedo cristata. 29, 31. Rundu sewage ponds and Shakawe area.
Gray-headed Kingfisher  Halcyon leucocephala. 29, 30. Rundu ponds and Mahango.
Woodland Kingfisher  Halcyon senegalensis. 29-1. Common in this area. Gorgeous bird.
Brown-hooded Kingfisher  Halcyon albiventris. 29-31. Popa Falls, Mahango, and Shakawe.
Giant Kingfisher  Megaceryle maxima. 30, 31, 10. Mahango, Shakawe, and Long Lake.
Pied Kingfisher  Ceryle rudis. 30, 31. Popa Falls, Mahango, and Shakawe.
White-fronted Bee-eater  Merops bullockoides. 30-1. Mahango and Shakawe.
Little Bee-eater  Merops pusillus. 29-1. Rundu, Mahango, and Shakawe.
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater  Merops hirundineus. 24-27. Found several over the 4 days.
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  Merops persicus. 29-1. Saw several over these 4 days.
European Bee-eater  Merops apiaster. 24, 28, 1. Windhoek, Etosha, and Mahango.
Southern Carmine Bee-eater  Merops nubicoides. 29, 30, 1. Fairly common around Rundu, Mahango,   and Popa Falls.
European Roller  Coracias garrulus. 29. Spotted a couple of birds on telephone wires on way to Rundu.
Lilac-breasted Roller  Coracias caudata. Fairly common in Namibia; not found in the Cape.
Rufous-crowned Roller  Coracias naevia. 25, 27-29. On way to Walvis Bay and Etosha area.
Broad-billed Roller  Eurystomus glaucurus. 30. One bird found in Mahango.
Hoopoe  Upupa epops. 25L, 27L, 28, 29, 1.
Green Woodhoopoe  Phoeniculus purpureus. 30, 31, 9. Mahango, Shakawe, and Knysna.
Violet Woodhoopoe  Phoeniculus damarensis. 28, 29. Several found at Halali camp and Etosha.
Common Scimitar-bill  Rhinopomastus cyanomelas. Found nearly everyday in Namibia.
Monteiro's Hornbill  Tockus monteiri. 24, 25, 27. Avis Dam and on road to Walvis Bay. This is one of  the species that Christian is studying. Seen several times.
Red-billed Hornbill  Tockus erythrorhynchus. 25, 27-29. Road to Walvis Bay and Etosha area.
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill  Tockus leucomelas. 25, 29, 30, 1. Road to Walvis Bay, Etosha, and  Mahango.
Bradfield's Hornbill  Tockus bradfieldi. 1. Found one on the road from Popa Falls back to Rundu.
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird  Pogoniulus chrysoconus. 29H, 30H, 1. Heard often in the N. and finally   spotted in Mahango.
Pied Barbet  Tricholaema leucomelas. 24LH, 25-28, 29H. Seen several times.
Black-collared Barbet  Lybius torquatus. 30L, 31. Seen well at Shakawe.
Crested Barbet  Trachyphonus vaillantii. 30-1. Mahango and Shakawe.
Greater Honeyguide  Indicator indicator. 31. Only found one at Shakawe.
Lesser Honeyguide  Indicator minor. 27, 8. Saw one in dry riverbed near Erongo and De Hoop.
Green-backed Honeyguide  Prodotiscus zambesiae. 30, 31. Shakawe only. Brief look. Also called  Slender-billed.
Golden-tailed Woodpecker  Campethera abingoni. 30, 31.
Knysna Woodpecker  Campethera notata. 9. Only found in Nature's Valley campground.
Ground Woodpecker  Geocolaptes olivaceus. 6. 3 birds seen very well on the way through the Karoo.
Cardinal Woodpecker  Dendropicos fuscescens. 25-27. Seen 3 times from Walvis Bay to Erongo.
Bearded Woodpecker  Dendropicos namaquus. 28. Only found one day at Okaukuejo Camp.
Olive Woodpecker  Dendropicos griseocephalus. 9. Only found in Knysna area and Nature's Valley.
Monotonous Lark  Mirafra passerina. 1. One bird found singing on road back towards Rundu.
Rufous-naped Lark  Mirafra africana. 25, 30, 1. Sporadic, but not too difficult. Several seen.
Clapper Lark  Mirafra apiata. 7, 8. Seen at Werner's place in the higher Karoo and De Hoop.
Fawn-colored Lark  Mirafra africanoides. 27, 28. Found a couple of times along the roadside to Etosha.
Sabota Lark  Mirafra sabota. 25-28. Seen several times in the dry areas of W. Namibia.
Dusky Lark  Pinarocorys nigricans. 29. Only found one day, not far from Halali, just outside Namutoni.
Cape Lark  Certhilauda curvirostris. 4. Locally called Long-billed Lark. We managed to find one in the  dry fields north of CT, despite strong winds.
Agulhas Long-billed Lark  Certhilauda brevirostris. 8. Great look on way from De Hoop to Knysna.
Karoo Long-billed Lark  Certhilauda subcoronata. 11. Seen very well in Karoo National Park.
Dune Lark  Certhilauda erythrochlamys. 26. Finally tracked this beauty down in the dune fields south  of Walvis Bay.
Karoo Lark  Certhilauda albescens. 7. Found in the Karoo on way to De Hoop.
Spike-heeled Lark  Chersomanes albofasciata. 27, 28, 6. On way to and in Etosha and in the Karoo.
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark  Eremopterix leucotis. 27. Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
Gray-backed Sparrow-Lark  Eremopterix verticalis. 25, 28, 4. Road to Walvis Bay, Etosha, and WCP.
Gray's Lark  Ammomanes grayi. 25. Only found in the Namib/Naukluft, on way to Walvis Bay.
Red-capped Lark  Calandrella cinerea. 28, 4, 8, 10. Etosha, WCP, De Hoop, and Karoo N.P.
Pink-billed Lark  Spizocorys conirostris. 28. Only found one day in Etosha area.
Stark's Lark  Eremalauda starki. 25, 26. Namib/Naukluft area only.
Long-billed Lark  Galerida magnirostris. 4, 7. Locally called Thick-billed lark. WCP and Karoo.
Bank Swallow  Riparia riparia. 29, 30, 1.
Banded Martin  Riparia cincta. 23, 28.The cape and Etosha.
Gray-rumped Swallow  Hirundo griseopyga. 31, 1. Shakawe and Mahango.
Rock Martin  Hirundo fuligula. Common on whole trip.
Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica. Found nearly everywhere.
White-throated Swallow  Hirundo albigularis. 24, 2, 4, 10.
Wire-tailed Swallow  Hirundo smithii. 31. Only found along the Kavango River at Shakawe.
Pearl-breasted Swallow  Hirundo dimidiata. 24, 30. Windhoek and Popa Falls.
Greater Striped-Swallow  Hirundo cucullata. 25, 27, 2L, 3, 7-11. Common.
Lesser Striped-Swallow  Hirundo abyssinica. 1. Only found once on highway, not far from Popa Falls.
Mosque Swallow  Hirundo senegalensis. 29, 30, 1. Rundu sewage ponds and Mahango.
Black Sawwing  Psalidoprocne holomelas. 3, 7, 9, 10. CT, De Hoop, and Knysna area.
African Pied Wagtail  Motacilla aguimp. 30-1. Shakawe area only.
Cape Wagtail  Motacilla capensis. Windhoek and common in the Cape.
Orange-throated Longclaw  Macronyx capensis. 4. Only one bird seen in WCP.
Plain-backed Pipit  Anthus leucophrys. 7. Found several on the private property where the Crowned  Hawk-Eagle was. They seemed to prefer burned areas.
Buffy Pipit  Anthus vaalensis. 25, 26, 28. Walvis Bay area and Etosha.
African Pipit  Anthus cinnamomeus. 27-30, 1. Found several times in N. Namibia.
Long-billed Pipit  Anthus similis. 25. One bird seen well on road to Walvis Bay.
Gray Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina caesia. 9. Nice pair seen only at Nature's Valley campground
Black Cuckoo-shrike  Campephaga flava. 1, 9L. Female found along road back to Rundu.
Common Bulbul  Pycnonotus barbatus. 30, 31, 11. Mahango, Shakawe, and Karoo.
Black-fronted Bulbul  Pycnonotus nigricans. 24-28. Easy to see.
Cape Bulbul  Pycnonotus capensis. Common in the Cape.
Sombre Greenbul  Andropadus importunus. 23, 3H, 9H, 10H. Kirstenbosch. Heard elsewhere often.
Yellow-bellied Greenbul  Chlorocichla flaviventris. 30. Popa Falls Rest Camp.
Terrestrial Brownbul  Phyllastrephus terrestris. 30, 31, 9. Popa Falls, Shakawe, and Knysna.
Cape Rock-Thrush  Monticola rupestris. 3. Only found one day on the east side of False Bay.
Short-toed Rock-Thrush  Monticola brevipes. 24-26. Found several times.
Groundscraper Thrush  Psophocichla litsipsirupa. 27, 28, 30. Seen several times in Etosha camps.
Olive Thrush  Turdus olivaceus. 3, 6, 9, 10.
Rufous Rock-jumper  Chaetops frenatus. 3. Good looks on the east side of False Bay.
Rattling Cisticola  Cisticola chiniana. 25, 29, 30, 1. road to Walvis Bay, Etosha, and Mahango.
Red-headed Cisticola  Cisticola subruficapillus. 25, 6, 7, 8L, 11. Locally called Gray-backed.
Chirping Cisticola  Cisticola pipiens. 31. Some birds found at Shakawe.
Tinkling Cisticola  Cisticola tinniens. 1, 4. Mahango and WCP.
Piping Cisticola  Cisticola fulvicapillus. 10. Locally called Neddicky. Only seen on way to Karoo N.P.
Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis. 25. Only seen on way to Walvis Bay.
Desert Cisticola  Cisticola aridulus. 27, 28. Found along the road to Etosha and in Etosha.
Cloud Cisticola  Cisticola textrix. 4. Michael managed to track one down in a grassy field, E. of WCP.
Tawny-flanked Prinia  Prinia subflava. 29-31. Mahango and Shakawe.
Black-chested Prinia  Prinia flavicans. 24-27. Not difficult.
Karoo Prinia  Prinia maculosa. Fairly easy in the Cape. Locally called Spotted Prinia.
Namaqua Prinia  Prinia substriata. 6. Only found one day in the Karoo.
Rufous-eared Warbler  Malcorus pectoralis. 6. Only found in the Karoo. Neat bird with long, spikey tail
Bar-throated Apalis  Apalis thoracica. 3, 8, 9. Encountered several times each day.
Green-backed Camaroptera  Camaroptera brachyura. 9. Nature's Valley campground.
Barred Camaroptera  Calamonastes fasciolatus. 25. Only found along road to Walvis Bay, at dry river.
Kopje Warbler  Euryptila subcinnamomea. 6, 11. Locally called Cinnamon-breasted Warbler. It took a   hike up a dry, rocky cliffside to find this beauty. Lucked up on one at Karoo N.P. overlook.
African Bush-Warbler  Bradypterus baboecala. 9. Had one bird in front of Madiba's Hotel.
Knysna Scrub-Warbler  Bradypterus sylvaticus. 5. A major skulker. Got a Glimpse of one in the  Constantia greenbelt in Cape Town.
Victorin's Scrub-Warbler  Bradypterus victorini. 3H, 10. Heard several in Porter's Bot. Garden in east  False Bay. Got a great look just below Swartberg pass, on way to Karoo N.P.
Damara Rock-jumper  Achaetops pycnopygius. 24, 25H. Spotted one at our B&B in Windhoek.
Cape Grassbird  Sphenoeacus afer. 22, 2. Table Mountain and Cape Point.
Sedge Warbler  Acrocephalus schoenobaenus. 29, 31, 1. Several at Rundu sewage ponds, Shakawe.
African Reed-Warbler  Acrocephalus baeticatus. 24, 1. Several found at sewage ponds in Windhoek  and Rundu.
Marsh Warbler  Acrocephalus palustris. 9. Found one bird in front of Madiba's Hotel.
Great Reed-Warbler  Acrocephalus arundinaceus. 31, 1. Shakawe and Rundu sewage pond.
Greater Swamp-Warbler  Acrocephalus rufescens. 31. Shakawe.
Lesser Swamp-Warbler  Acrocephalus gracilirostris. 24. Windhoek sewage ponds.
Olive-tree Warbler  Hippolais olivetorum. 31. Very poor look at one bird at Shakawe.
Icterine Warbler  Hippolais icterina. 25, 27, 29, 30.
Fairy Warbler  Stenostira scita. 6, 7. Karoo areas.
Yellow-bellied Eremomela  Eremomela icteropygialis. 25-27. Walvis Bay/Erongo area.
Greencap Eremomela  Eremomela scotops. 1. Only found along the road going back towards Rundu.
Yellow-rumped Eremomela  Eremomela gregalis. 7. Also called Karoo Eremomela. Only found in the   Karoo, on the way to De Hoop.
Burnt-neck Eremomela  Eremomela usticollis. 25, 27. Road to Walvis Bay and Erongo area.
Cape Crombec  Sylvietta rufescens. 24, 30, 4, 6. Also called Long-billed.
Yellow-throated Wood-Warbler  Phylloscopus ruficapillus. 9. Madiba's Hotel area & Nature's Valley.
Willow Warbler  Phylloscopus trochilus. 30, 1. Popa Falls and Mahango.
Layard's Warbler  Parisoma layardi. 26. Only found at Spitzkoppe.
Rufous-vented Warbler  Parisoma subcaeruleum. 25-27, 28L. Found several times.
Pale Flycatcher  Bradornis pallidus. 30. One bird, one day on way to Mahango.
Chat Flycatcher  Bradornis infuscatus. 25-28. Found several times.
Mariqua Flycatcher  Bradornis mariquensis. Fairly common in Namibia. Also called Marico Fly.
Southern Black-Flycatcher  Melaenornis pammelaina. 30, 1. Roadsides near Mahango.
Fiscal Flycatcher  Sigelus silens. 2-5. Seen several times.
Spotted Flycatcher  Muscicapa striata. 27, 29, 30, 6. Seen several times.
African Dusky Flycatcher  Muscicapa adusta. 23, 25, 3, 5, 10. Kirstenbosch and others.
White-starred Robin  Pogonocichla stellata. 9. One juvenile found one time at Nature's Valley.
Cape Robin-Chat  Cossypha caffra. 23, 3, 5-8, 10. Easy.
White-browed Robin-Chat  Cossypha heuglini. 27, 30, 31. Also called Hueglin's. We found several.
Chorister Robin-Chat  Cossypha dichroa. 9. Only found near Madiba's and Nature's Valley.
Red-backed Scrub-Robin  Cercotrichas leucophrys. 27. Only found at Etosha.
Kalahari Scrub-Robin  Cercotrichas paena. 28. Also only found in Etosha.
Karoo Scrub-Robin  Cercotrichas coryphaeus. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8L, 11. Fairly common.
Herero Chat  Namibornis herero. 26. Only found at Spitzkoppe.
African Stonechat  Saxicola axillaris. 30, 1, 7. Mahango and De Hoop.
Mountain Wheatear  Oenanthe monticola. 25, 26, 6, 7, 10, 11. Not difficult.
Capped Wheatear  Oenanthe pileata. 27, 8. Found on way to Etosha and De Hoop.
Sicklewing Chat  Cercomela sinuata. 4, 7, 11. Only in the Karoo areas.
Karoo Chat  Cercomela schlegelii. 26, 6, 7. Namib/Naukluft and Karoo.
Tractrac Chat  Cercomela tractrac. 25, 26, 6, 7. Same as above.
Familiar Chat  Cercomela familiaris. 25, 26, 28, 3, 4, 6, 7. Not difficult.
Southern Anteater-Chat  Myrmecocichla formicivora. 25, 6, 7, 11. Namib/Naukluft and Karoo.
Cape Batis  Batis capensis. 23, 3, 4, 8-10. Pretty and seen well several times.
Chinspot Batis  Batis molitor. 30. Found once at Popa Falls.
Pririt Batis  Batis pririt. 24-27, 11H. Namib/Naukluft and Karoo.
White-tailed Shrike  Lanioturdus torquatus. 25-27. On road to Walvis Bay, but several at Erongo  Wilderness Lodge. Gorgeous bird!
African Crested-Flycatcher  Trochocercus cyanomelas. 9. Also called Blue-mantled. Nature's Valley.
African Paradise-Flycatcher  Terpsiphone viridis. 30-1, 3, 5. Found several times.
Black-lored Babbler  Turdoides melanops. 29. Found near Fischer's Pan, Etosha area.
White-rumped Babbler  Turdoides leucopygius. 29-31. Rundu ponds, Mahango, and Shakawe.
Southern Pied-Babbler  Turdoides bicolor. 25, 27. On way to Walvis Bay and Erongo area.
Arrow-marked Babbler  Turdoides jardineii. 30. Only found at Popa Falls.
Bare-cheeked Babbler  Turdoides gymnogenys. 28. Only found at Halali camp.
Southern Black-Tit  Melaniparus niger. 29, 30, 1. Along road to Popa Falls and Mahango.
Carp's Tit  Melaniparus carpi. 26, 27. Spitzkoppe and Erongo area.
Rufous-bellied Tit  Melaniparus rufiventris. 30. Along roadside going to Mahango.
Ashy Tit  Melaniparus cinerascens. 26. Spitzkoppe.
Gray Tit  Melaniparus afer. 4, 6, 7L, 11H. WCP and Karoo.
Southern Penduline-Tit  Anthoscopus minutus. 26, 28, 4. South of Walvis Bay, Etosha, and WCP.
Collared Sunbird  Hedydipna collaris. 31. Shakawe area.
Orange-breasted Sunbird  Anthobaphes violacea. 22, 23, 2, 3, 8. Common in the western part of the  Cape. Beautiful.
Amethyst Sunbird  Chalcomitra amethystina. 1, 8, 9. Mahango, De Hoop, and Kynsna.
Scarlet-chested Sunbird  Chalcomitra senegalensis. 29, 30. Etosha to Popa Falls and Mahango.
Malachite Sunbird  Nectarinia famosa. 2-4. Seen several times.
Southern Double-collared Sunbird  Cinnyris chalybeus. Common in the Cape.
Greater Double-collared Sunbird  Cinnyris afer. 3L, 7-9. Found several times.
Mariqua Sunbird  Cinnyris mariquensis. 24, 25. Seen several times around Windhoek.
White-breasted Sunbird  Cinnyris talatala. 30, 1. Mahango area.
Dusky Sunbird  Cinnyris fuscus. 24-28. Seen sveral times.
Cape White-eye  Zosterops pallidus. 23, 26, 2-11. Walvis Bay and common in the Cape.
Cape Sugarbird  Promerops cafer. 23, 2, 10. Kirstenbosch (easy), and on way to Karoo N.P.
Eurasian Golden Oriole  Oriolus oriolus. 1, 5L, 6H. One female found near Popa Falls. Callan heard  one at our B&B in Clanwilliam.
African Golden Oriole  Oriolus auratus. 29-31. Encountered several times.
Red-backed Shrike  Lanius collurio. Fairly common in Namibia.
Lesser Gray Shrike  Lanius minor. Same as Red-backed.
Common Fiscal  Lanius collaris. Common throughtout trip.
Magpie Shrike  Corvinella melanoleuca. 29, 30, 1. Seen several times. Also called Long-tailed.
White-crowned Shrike  Eurocephalus anguitimens. 27, 28, 30. Etosha and Mahango.
Brubru  Nilaus afer. 25, 28. On way to Walvis Bay and Etosha.
Black-backed Puffback  Dryoscopus cubla. 27, 30-1, 9. Seen several times.
Brown-crowned Tchagra  Tchagra australis. 25, 30, 1. Road to Walvis Bay, Popa Falls, and Mahango.
Southern Tchagra  Tchagra tchagra. 8. Good, brief look near Buchu Bushcamp, near De Hoop.
Gabon Boubou  Laniarius bicolor. 30, 31. Mahango and Shakawe.
Southern Boubou  Laniarius ferrugineus. 23, 2, 5H, 8, 9. Found several times.
Crimson-breasted Gonolek  Laniarius atrococcineus. 25-28, 30. Found several times.
Bokmakierie  Telophorus zeylonus. 2, 4, 6-8. Found several times.
Olive Bushshrike  Telophorus olivaceus. 9, 10H. Great look in front of Madiba's Hotel.
White Helmetshrike  Prionops plumatus. 28, 1. Large group at Halali camp. Again along road to Rundu
Retz's Helmetshrike  Prionops retzii. 31. Only found 2-3 birds on Shakawe grounds.
Fork-tailed Drongo  Dicrurus adsimilis. Common on whole trip.
House Crow  Corvus splendens. 22, 23, 2. Usually only seen around CT airport.
Cape Crow  Corvus capensis. 28, 8, 10, 11. Found several times.
Pied Crow  Corvus albus. 25, 26, 3-8, 11. Common.
White-necked Raven  Corvus albicollis. Common in the Cape.
European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris. Seen several times in the Cape.
Wattled Starling  Creatophora cinerea. 24, 31. Only found at Avis Dam and along Kavango River.
Cape Glossy-Starling  Lamprotornis nitens. Fairly common in Namibia.
Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling  Lamprotornis chalybaeus. 29, 30, 1. On way to Popa Falls and   Mahango area.
Meves's Glossy-Starling  Lamprotornis mevesii. 30-1. Mahango and Shakawe.
Burchell's Glossy-Starling  Lamprotornis australis. 25, 29, 31, 1. On way to Walvis Bay, Mahango  and Shakawe.
Black-bellied Glossy-Starling  Lamprotornis corruscus. 10. Only seen at campground at Long Lake.
Violet-backed Starling  Cinnyricinclus leucogaster. 25-27, 30-1. Fairly common in Namibia.
African Pied Starling  Spreo bicolor. 4, 6-8. Seen several times.
Red-winged Starling  Onychognathus morio. Common in the Cape; not found in Namibia.
Pale-winged Starling  Onychognathus nabouroup. 24-27, 6, 11. Seen several times in dry areas.
Red-billed Oxpecker  Buphagus erythrorhynchus. 29, 30. Etosha area on animals.
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver  Bubalornis niger. 24, 25, 26-28. Seen several times.
Scaly Weaver  Sporopipes squamifrons. 25, 30, 1. On way to Walvis Bay and Mahango.
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver  Plocepasser mahali. Common in Namibia.
Social Weaver  Philetairus socius. 25, 28. Seen many times along road to Walvis Bay.
Lesser Masked-Weaver  Ploceus intermedius. 24, 11. Windhoek and Karoo.
Cape Weaver  Ploceus capensis. 8L, 10. De Hoop and Knysna area.
Holub's Golden-Weaver  Ploceus xanthops. 30, 31. Mahango and Shakawe.
Southern Brown-throated Weaver  Ploceus xanthopterus. 31. Only found in reeds on Kavango River.
African Masked-Weaver  Ploceus velatus. 24-27, 7. Dry Areas and Karoo.
Village Weaver  Ploceus cucullatus. 31. Shakawe.
Chestnut Weaver  Ploceus rubiginosus. 24. Seen briefly in Windhoek at our B&B.
Red-headed Weaver  Anaplectes rubriceps. 29, 1. On way to Popa Falls and Mahango.
Red-billed Quelea  Quelea quelea. Common in Namibia; not seen in the Cape.
Yellow-crowned Bishop  Euplectes afer. 1. Only found around the sewage ponds near Rundu.
Red Bishop  Euplectes orix. 24, 25, 29, 31, 1. Fairly common.
Yellow Bishop  Euplectes capensis. 3, 6, 7L, 8, 10. Seen many times.
Fan-tailed Widowbird  Euplectes axillaris. 30, 31. Popa Falls and Shakawe.
Grosbeak Weaver  Amblyospiza albifrons. 30. Only found at Shakawe.
Green-winged Pytilia  Pytilia melba. 25, 27. Also called Melba Finch. Avis Dam and Erongo.
Brown Firefinch  Lagonosticta nitidula. 30. Only found them at Popa Falls area.
Blue-breasted Cordonbleu  Uraeginthus angolensis. 29-1. Seen many times these days.
Violet-eared Waxbill  Uraeginthus granatina. 25, 27, 29, 30, 1. Seen many times. A truly stunning bird.
Swee Waxbill  Estrilda melanotis. 3, 5L, 9L. Seen at Porter Bot. Garden.
Common Waxbill  Estrilda astrild. 26, 8, 9. Dunes S. of Walvis Bay and Knysna area.
Black-cheeked Waxbill  Estrilda erythronotos. 24, 25, 30. Seen around Windhoek and Mahango.
African Quailfinch  Ortygospiza atricollis. 30. One brief flying away bird on way to Mahango.
Red-headed Finch  Amadina erythrocephala. 25. On the road to Walvis Bay.
Shaft-tailed Whydah  Vidua regia. 25, 28, 29, 2. Seen several times. Another real beauty.
Pin-tailed Whydah  Vidua macroura. 24, 7. Avis Dam and on way to De Hoop.
Eastern Paradise-Whydah  Vidua paradisaea. 25. Only found one morning in Windhoek.
Lark-like Bunting  Emberiza impetuani. 25, 26, 28, 11H. Seen several times.
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting  Emberiza tahapisi. 27. Only found one bird in dry riverbed near Erongo  Wilderness Lodge.
Cape Bunting  Emberiza capensis. 24, 4-7. Windhoek and in the Karoo.
Golden-breasted Bunting  Emberiza flaviventris. 27, 28. Seen a couple of times around Etosha.
Cape Canary  Serinus canicollis. 3. Only found at the rock area above the town of Paarl.
Forest Canary  Serinus scotops. 9, 10. Only found in the Nature's Valley/Knysna area.
Black-throated Canary  Serinus atrogularis. 25. Only found on way to Walvis Bay.
Yellow-fronted Canary  Serinus mozambicus. 1. Only seen on road going back towards Rundu.
Yellow Canary  Serinus flaviventris. 30, 4, 6, 7. Seen several times.
Brimstone Canary  Serinus sulphuratus. 9. Only found at Nature's Valley.
White-throated Canary  Serinus albogularis. 26, 4, 6, 7L. Found several times.
Streaky-headed Seedeater  Serinus gularis. 3. Only found at Porter Bot. Gardens.
Protea Canary  Serinus leucopterus. 5. We missed this one above Paarl on the 3rd, but Callan found  a couple near Clanwilliam. Great looks.
Cape Siskin  Serinus totta. 2, 6. Found a few at Cape Point and again in the Karoo.
Black-headed Canary  Serinus alario. 6. We bumped into a flock in the Karoo. Lucky, as these birds  move around a lot looking for food.
House Sparrow  Passer domesticus. Any town.
Rufous Sparrow  Passer motitensis. 24, 25, 26L, 29. Avis Dam, Walvis Bay area, and on way to Popa.
Gray-headed Sparrow  Passer griseus. 27, 30, 1. Seen several times.
Cape Sparrow  Passer diffusus. 26, 4, 6, 7L, 8. Seen several times.


This list is not in taxonomic order. It's only intended to give the reader some idea of what we saw on the trip.


Hartmann's Mountain Zebra 
Black Rhinoceros
Rock Hyrax
African Elephant
Black-backed Jackal 
Burchell's Zebra
Blue Wildebeest 
Red Hartebeest
Yellow Mongoose
Slender Mongoose   
Ground Squirrel
Greater Kudu   
Spotted Hyena
Black-faced Impala  
Damara Dik-dik
Red Lechwe
Spotted-necked Otter   
Lesser Bushbaby
Chacma Baboon
Cape Fur Seals
Ground Agama 
Sphinx Agama
Namibia Rock Agamas 
Namaqua Sand Lizard
Dassie Rat  
Nile Crocodile
Horned Adder  
Rubber Frog
Elephant Shrew  
Painted Reed Frog
Flap-necked Chameleon 
Tree Squirrel
Vervet Monkey 
Spiney Agama
Ground Agama  
Nile Monitor


Klipspringer Antelope 
Rock Hyrax
Yellow Mongoose
Chacma Baboon  
Mountain Zebra
Cape Cobra 
Mole Snake
Leopard Tortoise   
Angulate Tortoise
Gray Mongoose 
Black Girdled Lizard  
Cape River Frog
Smith's Red Rock Rabbit


1 - I though Christian Boix did a great job setting up this itinerary and guiding us in Namibia. He seems to have a limitless amount of knowledge about the birds, the plants, and many other things relating to the natural world. My wife and I really enjoyed his company. I highly recommend him.

2 - If I would change anything about this trip, it would be to add a couple of days in Namibia to enjoy it at a more leisurely pace. Especially, I would spend another night at Erongo Wilderness Lodge. I would also try to spend another day in the Spitzkoppe area. It was simply fantastic and deserved more time than the few hours that we were there. There is a lodge in the area.

3 - We did NOT encounter any problems during the entire trip. We totally felt safe and never lacked anything we needed. The infrastructure in Namibia and South Africa is excellent, including the roads. Both countries seem to have a great mind set when it comes to litter, as both places were very clean and not trashy at all.

4 - We took malaria preventative for Namibia, but didn't use it for South Africa.

by Ron Hoff, Clinton, Tennessee  USA


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