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.
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!