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A boat trip from Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando in winter

27. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

A boat trip on the Kwando River is a wonderful experience not only for bird lovers. Mammals in the water and on the banks are also part of the diverse animal world. In contrast to the other Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, Namushasha River Lodge does not have a neighbouring country on the other side of the river, but Bwabwata National Park. A total of 19 wetland bird species were recorded during the boat trip and altogether 84 bird species at Namushasha River Lodge during two days in mid-July this year. 

A boat trip from Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando in winter

Dropping water levels support breeding

25. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

When the mighty Zambezi River overflows its banks, additional habitats with an abundant food supply are created for many bird species. Young fish thrive in the shallow warm water and countless insect larvae are also found there. For African Skimmers, however, an important habitat is lost: the white sandbanks disappear under the masses of water and with them the sleeping and resting places as well as the nesting sites.

Dropping water levels support breeding

A boat trip on the mighty Zambezi in winter

20. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Even though it is a very cold morning by Zambezi standards, scores of birds are out and about at a tributary, on a large island and along the mighty Zambezi River’s mainstream. During a morning boat trip from Zambezi Mubala Camp via the large island to the mainstream up to Zambezi Mubala Lodge and back, 38 wetland bird species were counted at the end of July this year. Another 83 bird species were registered around Zambezi Mubala Camp in two days. 

A boat trip on the mighty Zambezi in winter

The Carmine Bee-eaters are back!

17. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Their numbers are increasing daily – the Carmine Bee-eaters are back at the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp and Zambezi Mubala Lodge (formerly Kalizo Lodge). They have safely made the long trip from their winter habitats in East Africa to Namibia. This year a group of several hundred birds has chosen a nesting site between the lodge and the usual colony. 

The Carmine Bee-eaters are back!

Nature is geared for spring and the calendar says it’s time

14. September 2018, inke - Environment, Weather

In the southern hemisphere September 1st is seen as the beginning of spring. According to the calendar, winter is over by then but nature does not stick to prescribed dates. The first Black thorns (Acacia mellifera) were already in bloom at the end of August, for example east of Rehoboth, and heralded spring in some areas while in other places the thorny branches did not even show any buds.

Nature is geared for spring and the calendar says it’s time

A boat trip on the Chobe River on a winter morning

13. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

In the vicinity of the Chobe River Camp the reeds and papyrus as well as the tall trees which characterise the banks of the other rivers on Namibia’s north-eastern border are absent. At the end of July, during a boat trip in the morning, a total of 31 wetland bird species were counted along the Chobe River and within two days altogether 97 bird species in and around Chobe River Camp. 

A boat trip on the Chobe River on a winter morning

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, July 2018

04. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

After a very successful series of summer counts at the four Gondwana lodges - Hakusembe River Lodge, Namushasha River Lodge, Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Chobe River Camp - in February it was time to repeat the exercise, this time in winter. Although the primary aim of the visit was the wetland bird counts, bird mapping (atlasing) was also done. 

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, July 2018

680 bird species in Namibia

30. August 2018, inke - Environment

According to the latest statistics no less than 680 different bird species are found in Namibia. Four of them were introduced to southern Africa and acclimatised well to Namibia and the neighbouring countries. Sixteen bird species are endemic. Fifty-one of the 680 bird species are threatened with extinction and another 27 species are endangered. 

680 bird species in Namibia

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