Hotspots for birdwatching in Namibia: Walvis Bay / Swakopmund

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I like contrasts in nature, in images and in my life generally. Probably the most excessive examples in my house nation, Namibia, is Walvis Bay, the place the distinction between the dry Namib Desert close to Walvis Bay and the good pink of over 50,000 flamingos within the lagoon only a few hundred meters away.

The 2 vacationer cities of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund on the west coast are essential sanctuaries for lots of of 1000’s of resident and migratory waterfowl. The lagoon and salt bowls of Walvis Bay are thought-about to be crucial coastal wetland of southern Africa, with greater than 150,000 migratory birds passing there in the summertime, with a predominance of species Palearctic and intra-African non-reproductive. The well-known Salt Mile four simply north of Swakopmund is house to comparable species.

Greater than 150 totally different hen species have been listed on this space. The standard suspects are flamingos and grouses, South African Shelduck, Black Oystercatchers, Hartlaub's Gull, Damara Tern, Ring-necked Plover, Nice Crested Grebe, Crested Flycatcher, Crested Cormorant, and Nice Cormorant. the Pink-billed Phalarope. The rarest vagrants embody the broad-billed, pectoral, and Terek sandpipers.

Though there are lots of uncommon and particular species, it’s the quantity and variety of birds that’s the main attraction of the Walvis Bay / Swakopmund area. The most effective time for birdwatchers is between October and April, when visiting migrants are current.

For basic naturalists like me, there are additionally different points of interest. Eleven species of chameleons, lizards and geckos in addition to 13 mammal species (together with deer mice, Littledale's whistling rats and Setzer's furry gerbils) dwell within the space.

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I’ve by no means seen pals or hen watchers go to this space and go away disillusioned. This space is a should cease as a vacation spot in itself or as a part of an extended birding route in Namibia.

After coaching in guiding science and veterinary science, Nick Buys' discipline work and keenness for birds led him to create Nature Journey Namibia, by which he leads specialised excursions throughout the nation and the world. remainder of Africa. www.naturetravelnamibia.com

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