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NAMIBIA & THE OKAVANGO

Thursday 5th November - Sunday 22nd November 2015

STEVE BRAINE

Crested Barbet (Steve Braine).

Crested Barbet (Steve Braine).

Despite the worst drought in decades, with the present aridity of the region with all the normal reservoirs and farm dams being totally dry, which made the birding within Namibia and Botswana extremely challenging, hardly any birds responding to playback or for that matter being vocal, we still managed with quite a bit of per- severance, to locate all the Namibian target species. We travelled a total of 4786 km during the entire tour and recorded a total of 392 species of birds, two of these seen only by the leader and a further four species heard but not seen. A total of 43 Mammals were seen. While in the Etosha National Park we had excellent game viewing as well as some good birding. Some of the species included the huge Kori Bustard as well as several lark species and close up views of Burchell’s Sandgrouse.

At Andoni we saw thirteen Blue Cranes, Eastern Clapper Lark, African Pipits and Burchell’s Courser and on the edge of the plains we also watched a large male Lion walking across the plains eventually flopping down in the shade of a nearby tree. On the last night at Erongo Wilderness Lodge we observed the mammal of the trip - the rare and seldom seen Caracal which came into the floodlit waterhole for a drink after sunset, not only the mammal of the trip, but a write-in as well!

Rüppell's Korhaan (Rainer Kopa).

Rüppell's Korhaan (Rainer Kopa).