Namibian Birds

Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:46 pm

Some photos of various bird species seen on our recent trip to Namibia.

Although we saw quite a number of species throughout the trip, I did not get as many photos as I normally manage on a trip, but at least I got some that were new to me. O/\

First up is Burchell's Courser Cursorius rufus

We saw this one on the roadside between Rietfontein and Halali, along with a Temminck's Courser Cursorius temminckii, (which I will post next).

A nomadic species that I'd long wanted to see, so it was great to finally catch up with one so close to the roadside.

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Re: Namibian Birds

Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:54 pm

This Burchell fellow certainly gets a lot of coverage! :shock:

Re: Namibian Birds

Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:57 pm

A very elegant bird ^Q^ ^Q^

Re: Namibian Birds

Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:19 pm

Pretty bird ^Q^ ^Q^

Re: Namibian Birds

Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:27 pm

indeed, pretty one O/\
^Q^

Re: Namibian Birds

Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:19 pm

This Temminck's Courser Cursorius temminckii, was close by the Burchell's and at first glance, we thought it was a young Burchell's until we saw the crown colouration and the underbelly pattern.

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Re: Namibian Birds

Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:52 pm

Not much difference though ;-) Still a very pretty bird \O

It also has a design on the wings that the other one does not have, which makes it more interesting :yes: :yes:

Re: Namibian Birds

Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:02 pm

Both are very pretty!

Re: Namibian Birds

Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:25 am

Lovely coursers. \O

Re: Namibian Birds

Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:04 pm

Another species I caught up with on this trip was Rüppell's parrot Poicephalus rueppellii.

I found their regular roosting trees and saw them every morning and evening in the same spot. Trying to photograph them was another matter entirely though.

Here a pair take in the morning sun and preen before heading off to feed.

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