Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Swakopmund to Erongo

We set out at 7.15am for the drive up the coast to Swakopmund, where we quickly scored with several Gray’s Larks scrubbing around the desert.  

Gray's Lark

We spent a little time looking unsuccessfully for Bank Cormorant before heading inland to Spitzkoppe. It took until early afternoon to get there, only for our trailer to lose a wheel brace and it took some time for us to load the luggage into the minibus and some imaginative seating for the last few miles drive to the rocky escarpment.

White-tailed Shrike - just a record shot...

After our picnic lunch in the local bar and some cold drinks we birded the area and found many people’s bird of the trip in a pair of White-tailed Shrikes – what a bird! Currently a taxonomic conundrum, it is presently placed in the batis family. 

We birded the rugged scenery at Spitzkoppe

A distant view of the Spizkoppe hills

At the same spot we had Ashy Tit, Barred Wren-Warbler, and several Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters. We also had Karoo Long-billed Lark a little later, whilst Charly was getting the trailer fixed with some locals. 


A nearby waterhole held tons of Lark-like Buntings and 5 Namaqua Sandgrouse came down to drink, and a Lanner was spotted perched in a large tree. We reached our lovely little guest house at around 6pm and thoroughly enjoyed the oryx steaks!

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