Thursday, 16 September 2010

Etosha Wonderland

A drive through Etosha National Park to Halali camp produced an excellent variety of mammals in particular, most of which at very close range with many Burchell’s Zebras and Springbok and fewer Oryx, Greater Kudu and Blue Wildbeest on the plains.
2 Lions present by Rjetfontain waterhole but were asleep and also Giraffe and many Springbok here along with Crowned Lapwing, Blacksmith Plovers, African Jacana and several Namaqua Sandgrouse.

Crowned Lapwing

Blacksmith Plover

Namaqua Sandgrouse

3 Elephants present at Newbrownii waterhole along with many other game plus 2 Secretary Birds and several Ostriches.
Secretary Bird


1 Black Rhino showed well by the road in scrub near Halali and a very photogenic Black-backed Jackal also seen along with Greater Kestrel, Double-banded Courser and several Kori Bustard and Northern Black Koorhans.

Black-backed Jackal

Greater Kestrel
Kori Bustard

Northern Black Koorhan

The rest of the evening spent around the camp where Groundscraper Thrush, Southern White-crowned Shrike and the usual African Red-eyed Bulbuls were present. Little seen on a dusk visit to the waterhole other than 2 Lions and 2+ Rufous-cheeked Nightjars.

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