Tuesday, 16 May 2017

416 | Three penguins for Gorges Lodge


Gorges Lodge was presented with a three penguin-rated Welfare, Conservation & Tourism 2016 Award by BirdsConTour. 
Gorges Lodge, an Imvelo Safari Lodge, meets the criteria for three penguins by being involved in welfare, conservation and sustainable tourism matters.

The local Umbane Wezulu Dance Group

Michael Ncube, a dedicated birder at Gorges Lodge.

Gorges Lodge supports the local community.

Nest platforms for birds to nest on

Michael points out an owl nest

One of three constructed nests to attract owls to the lodge garden

Each chalet has its own bird bath

The Gorges Lodge successfully strives to connect people and nature through responsible tourism!

413 | Bird of the Year 2015 - big success


The House Sparrow, Namibia's bird of the year 2015, as an ambassador for creating bird-friendly towns and settlements was a big success.
Throughout the year BirdsConTour has set up numerous wild bird support stations across the country and with this not only helped the bird life but also brought nature closer to people.
Such wild bird support stations consist of different food supply items, bird baths and bird nests aiming to attract various bird species.
Each such product is a unique handmade masterpiece by BirdsConTour. Natural material is used to change the artificial feeders to more bird friendliness and therefore each product is a unique handmade masterpiece, simultaneously creating job opportunity.

413 | Christmas presents for Ngatuve Vatere Orphanage


Siegfried Pikelke

The Ngatuve Vatere Orphanage in Kalkfeld, Namibia,was on the receiving end of a generous donation by Mr. Siegfried Pikelke from Germany.
Mr. Pikelke in cooperation with BirdsConTour donated Christmas presents to the value of N$ 3000.-. (€ 200.-.) for the children to have a merry Christmas.
Mrs. Gisela, founder of the Ngatuve Vatere Orphanage, expressed their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation towards Mr. Pikelke and BirdsConTour.



Art. # 304
Words of Feather – Editorial (13.07. – 23.07.2014)

Cover page layout: Stefan Rust
Cover page photos: Stefan Rust
Editor: Stefan Rust

Dear reader,

some more detailed reports on welfare, conservation and tourism activities are published in articles

294 Metal Art, It’s time to show your art skills,
295 Brazil, Triggering Travelling,
296 Cleaning the routes travelled,
297 Okavango Travel & Help,
298 San People – Aiding Wings,
299 Okavango Travel Report,
300 Camp Chobe takes an extra step,
301 Dqae Qare San Lodge,
302 Okavango Birding Report,
303 Greeting Cards and
304 Words of Feather Editorial

available under the blogspot Words of Feather www.birdscontour.com, click NEWS
It is all about welfare, conservation and tourism!

Dear reader, please remember to contact BirdsConTour for the annual renewal of your Support Award. Also report any changes that could have an influence on the rating (amount of penguin symbols on your award) of your award.
Find out more about this new Support Award system in Words of Feather www.birdscontour.com (click news) article 277.

Kind Regards
Stefan Rust
Cell: +264 (0) 81 129 8415
P.O.Box 5182, Windhoek, Namibia 



Art. # 303


Send a Greeting Card
and support welfare and conservation

Photos and text by Stefan Rust

(In terms of the Geneva Convention the copyright of these texts belongs to Stefan Rust)

To the recipient of this greeting card directly from BirdsConTour, by purchase or as a thank you, BirdsConTour confirms his / her support of welfare, conservation and / or tourism


You can contribute to the various welfare, conservation and tourism projects undertaken by BirdsConTour through the purchase of such a BirdsConTour greeting card. The proceeds of the sale will go to the welfare and conservation projects.

Please dial +264 (0) 81 129 8415 or email birdscontour@iway.na for your BirdsConTour greeting card.



Art. # 302

(13.07.’14 – 23.07.’14)

Text and photos from Stefan Rust

(In terms of the Geneva Convention the copyright of these texts belong to Stefan Rust)

Dear birding friends, 

as birdwatching is a relatively new and one of the fastest growing and a most popular pursuit, it attracts people of all ages around the world. There can hardly be a better place than southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa) to nurture an interest in birds as it supports almost 1000 bird species, which is about 10 per cent of the world's entire bird. Taking birding to new heights, Hobby-Ornithologist Stefan Rust together with BirdsConTour represents some of the ontour bird sightings and several other interesting birding aspects to showcase the fun of birding, promote citizen science, highlight conservation, indicate where to view what birds and raise awareness of southern Africa's (sometimes international) birds and their habitats.
All countries that BirdsConTour is involved with are mentioned in these Birding Reports, such as Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.


Have a quick look if your name or business is included in this scientific informational work (alphabetically arranged):

Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe
Chamäleon Reisen
Chobe NP., Botswana
Chobe Safari Lodge, Botswana
Dqae Qare San Lodge, Botswana
Gcadikwe Island Camp, Botswana
Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe
Kasane, Botswana
Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Mankwe Bush Lodge, Botswana
Moremi NP, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Pack Safari
Planet Baobab, Botswana
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls NP., Zimbabwe

Sites and countries visited during this period incl. amount of species per site:
(0-0 - Haven’t been there myself)
(single letter – indicates several sites per day)

13.07: (A) Gorges Lodge & Batoka Gorge (26 species)
14.07: (A) Gorges Lodge (2 species, additional) (B) Road from Gorges Lodge to Chobe 
           Safari Lodge (10 species), (C) Victoria Falls NP (13 species), (D) Chobe Safari
           Lodge (23 species)
15.07: (A) Chobe Safari Lodge (3 species, additional to yesterday), (B) Chobe NP (68
16.07: (A) Chobe Safari Lodge (1 species, additional), (B) Road from Chobe Safari
           Lodge to Planet Baobab (25 species), (C) Planet Baobab (16 species)
17.07: (A) Planet Baobab (10 species, additional), Makgadikgadi Pans (37 species)
18.07: (A) Planet Baobab (7 species, additional), (B) Road from Planet Baobab to    
           Mankwe Bush Lodge (23 species), (C) Mankwe Bush Lodge (23 species)
19.07: (A) Moremi NP, Gcadikwe Island Camp & Okavango Delta (81 species)
20.07: (A) Gcadikwe Island Camp & Okavango Delta (21 species, additional)
21.07: (A) Gcadikwe Island Camp, Okavango Delta & Moremi NP (12 species,
           additional), (B) Mankwe Bush Lodge (1 species, additional)
22.07: (A) Mankwe Bush Lodge (1 species, additional), (B) Road from
           Mankwe Bush Lodge to Dqae Qare San Lodge (19 species), (C) Dqae Qare San
           Lodge (24 species)
23.07: (A) Dqae Qare San Lodge (4 species, additional), (B) Road from Dqae Qare San
           Lodge to Onjala Lodge (29 species), (C) Onjala Lodge (27 species)

Total Distance traveled:

1 854 km

Personal Highlights:


13.07.’14  Gorges Lodge & Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe  Black Stork (3) Zimbabwe is the only country in southern Africa where this species is classified as not-threatened. With this breeding pair in the Batoka Gorge, classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA), there is an extra bird present at the nest, this occasionally happens. Sometimes Black Storks share the nest cliff with Cape Vultures, Southern Bald Ibis, Verreaux’s Eagles, Peregrine Falcons or Lanner Falcons.

14.07.’14  Victoria Falls NP, Zimbabwe  Schalow’s Turaco (5) General habits of this uncommon species are undescribed as well as their nests.

15.07.’14  Chobe Safari Lodge  Collared Palm-Thrush  This species favours thicket areas with palms, usually near water and around human settlements with mixed bushwillow-mopane. BirdsConTour regular records this species here in the gardens of the Chobe Safari Lodge and now after the main construction activities on the ground of this specie’s territory concerns are gone that it might have withdrawn from this site. Chobe Safari Lodge really needs to take good care of this rarity.

16.07.'14  Kasane, Botswana  Egyptian Goose (15) How clever these geese are proves their adaptation towards human. Although one thinks that these geese have increased their range in may parts of southern Africa, it is not true. It’s only their numbers that have increased, especially in areas where plantations and artificial dams are. They thrive in man-made environments with presence of humans because in such areas natural predators are scarce and open areas of land and water are plentiful, thus providing safe conditions. The clever Egyptian Goose learned that the presence of humans protects them from their natural enemies.

17.07.’14  Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana  White-headed Vulture (1) Except taking carrion from carcasses of all sizes this vulture is also able of killing  small mammals and kleptoparasitising eagles. The White-headed Vulture grips its food with the strong inner toes.

18.07.'14  Planet Baobab, Botswana  Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl (1) These large night hunters, sometimes by day, drop on their prey after a fast glide. If the missed their prey they may remain on the ground waiting for the prey to re-emerge. If they hunt roosting game birds, they often crash into the foliage, causing panic under the intended prey. Sometimes they might emerge by day to continue feeding on prey that they caught in the night.

19.07.’14 Moremi NP, Botswana  Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (2) What separates hornbills from all other birds is their breeding habit where females seal themselves into their nest cavities. Only a narrow gap is left through which the male feeds the female.

19.07.’14 Moremi NP, Botswana  White-backed Vulture (2) Although uplisted to endangered, the White-backed Vulture is the most widespread and common vulture in Africa. About 3 km in front of the Moremi NP South Gate next to the bush road a White-backed Vulture with a tag was seen sitting on its nest high up on a tree. The tag read P8 on it. Vulture tagging is undertaken to be able to follow their traveling and survival.

20.07.’14  Gcadikwe Island Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana African Pygmy-Goose (1) Pairs have a strong and long-lasting bond. It is observed that unmated males harass paired females, possibly to test their bond.

21.07.’14 Okavango Delta, Botswana Wattled Crane (1) Wetland destruction and degradation lead to this species being categorized as globally vulnerable and as critically endangered in South Africa.

21.07.’14 Moremi NP, Botswana Yellow-throated Sandgrouse (2) Little is known about this near-threatened species’ population and demography and movements and migrations.

21.07.’14 Mankwe Bush Lodge, Botswana Hamerkop (1) In western Africa one pair of Hamerkop build in average three nests per year because of nest piracy.

22.07.’14  Dqae Qare San Lodge, Namibia  Support Award For the unremitting social, conservation and tourism efforts BirdsConTour rewards the Dqae Qare San Lodge with a three penguin rated Welfare, Conservation and Tourism Support 2014 Award.
Read more in the electronic newsletter Words of Feather (www.birdscontour.com) (click news) in article 301.

22.07.’14  Dqae Qare San Lodge, Namibia  Travel & Help, Support Award  By traveling directly with BirdsConTour or making use of a guide from BirdsConTour you support welfare, conservation and tourism. To say THANK YOU, every tour participant receives a Support Award at the end of the tour.
Today eight German and five Swiss guests were rewarded with one penguin-rated Tourism Support 2014 Awards.
Read more in the electronic newsletter Words of Feather (www.birdscontour.com) (click news) in article 71 and 274.

23.07.’14  Windhoek, Namibia  Support Awards, Words of Feather  BirdsConTour announces its new Greeting Cards campaign to promote welfare, conservation and tourism by BirdsConTour. To the recipient of this greeting card directly from BirdsConTour, by purchase or as a thank you, BirdsConTour confirms his or her support of welfare, conservation and / or tourism.

Index to bird species observed in this period:
(English names and date when seen)
(*  - See text about species on according date above)
(A or B – Appears when species is recorded at different sites on same day, specifying where on according date beneath species list)

-Acacia Pied Barbet   17.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) /
-African Black Swift   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(C) /
-African Darter   14.7.(D) / 15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-African Fish-Eagle   15.7.(B) /
-African Green-Pigeon   19.7.(A) /
-African Grey Hornbill   13.7.(A) / 15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-African Hoopoe    19.7.(A) /
-African Jacana   14.7.(D) / 19.7.(A) /
-African Marsh-Harrier   19.7.(A) /
-African Mourning Dove   21.7.(B) /
-African Openbill   14.7.(D) / 15.7.(B) /
-African Palm-Swift   16.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-African Pied Wagtail   14.7.(C) / 15.7.(B) /
-African Pipit   15.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-African Pygmy Goose   19.7.(A) /
-African Red-eyed Bulbul   22.7.(C) / 23.7.(C) /
-African Sacred Ibis   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-African Scops-Owl   19.7.(A) /
-African Skimmer   14.7.(D) /
-African Spoonbill   15.7.(B) /
-African Stonechat   20.7.(A) /
-Ant-eating Chat   17.7.(A) /
-Arrow-marked Babbler   15.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Barn Owl   15.7.(A) / 17.7.(A) / 23.7.(A) /
-Bateleur   14.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Black-chested Snake-Eagle   16.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Black-collared Barbet   13.7.(A) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Black Crake   14.7.(D) / 15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Black-crowned Night-Heron   20.7.(A) /
-Black-crowned Tchagra   21.7.(A) /
-Black-headed Oriole   18.7.(C) /
-Black-shouldered Kite   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 22.7.(B) / 23.7.(C) /
-*Black Stork   13.7.*(A) /
-Black-throated Canary   17.7.(A) / 23.7.(B) /
-Black-winged Stilt   15.7.(B) / 21.7.(A) /
-Blacksmith Lapwing   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Blue Waxbill   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(B)(D) / 15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) /
-Bradfield’s Hornbill   16.7.(B) /
-Brown-crowned Tchagra   17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) /
-Brown Snake-Eagle   20.7.(A) / 23.7.(B) /
-Brubru   17.7.(A)(B) / 22.7.(C) /
-Burchell’s Starling   17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B)(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B)(C) / 23.7.(B) /
-Cape Crow   17.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Cape Glossy Starling   16.7.(B)(C) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-Cape Turtle-Dove   14.7.(D) / 15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B)(C) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B)(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B)(C) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-Cape Wagtail   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 23.7.(B) /
-Capped Wheatear   16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Cardinal Woodpecker   13.7.(A) / 19.7.(A) /
-Cattle Egret   14.7.(C) / 15.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler   22.7.(C) /
-Chinspot Batis   20.7.(A) /
-Chirping Cisticola   15.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Cinnamon-breasted Bunting   13.7.(A) /
-*Collared Palm-Thrush   14.7.*(D) /
-Collared Pratincole   14.7.(D) / 19.7.(A) /
-Collared Sunbird   20.7.(A) /
-Comb Duck   15.7.(B) /
-Common Ostrich   17.7.(B) / 22.7.(B) / 23.7.(C) /
-Common Quail   17.7.(B) /
-Common Scimitarbill   13.7.(A) / 17.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B) /
-Coppery-tailed Coucal   14.7.(D) / 15.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Crested Barbet   20.7.(A) /
-Crested Francolin   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Crimson-breasted Shrike   19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B)(A) / 23.7.(C) /
-Crowned Hornbill   13.7.(A) /
-Crowned Lapwing   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-Dark-capped Bulbul   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(C)(D) / 18.7.(C) /
-Dark Chanting Goshawk   14.7.(A) / 19.7.(A) /
-Denham’s Bustard   17.7.(B) /
-Dickinson’s Kestrel   18.7.(B) /
-Double-banded Sandgrouse   15.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Drongo Flycatcher   19.7.(A) /
-*Egyptian Goose   15.7.*(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Familiar Chat   13.7.(A) /
-Fiery-necked Nightjar   15.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Fork-tailed Drongo   13.7.(A) / 15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B)(C) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-Freckled Nightjar   23.7.(C) /
-Gabar Goshawk   16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) /
-Glossy Ibis   15.7.(B) / 21.7.(A) /
-Goliath Heron   15.7.(B) /
-Great Egret   15.7.(B) / 21.7.(A) /
-Great Sparrow   23.7.(C) /
-Greater Blue-eared Starling   14.7.(B) / 15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Greater Kestrel   17.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Green-backed Heron   15.7.(B) /
-Green-winged Pytilia   18.7.(A) /
-Green Wood-Hoopoe   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Grey-backed Camaroptera   15.7.(B) / 18.7.(A)(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Grey-backed Sparrowlark   17.7.(B) /
-Grey Go-away-bird   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Grey-headed Bush-Shrike   14.7.(D) /
-Grey-headed Gull   14.7.(D) /
-Grey Heron   15.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Groundscraper Thrush   16.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Hadeda Ibis   19.7.(A) /
-Harlequin Quail   17.7.(B) /
-Hartlaub’s Babbler   18.7.(C) / 21.7.(A) /
-*Hamerkop   19.7.*(A) /
-Helmeted Guineafowl   13.7.(A) / 15.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) / 23.7.(C) /
-House Sparrow   16.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Jameson’s Firefinch   14.7.(C) /
-Kori Bustard   15.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 21.7.(A) /
-Lanner Falcon   18.7.(B) /
-Lappet-faced Vulture   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) /
-Lark-like Bunting   17.7.(A) /
-Laughing Dove   14.7.(D) / 18.7.(A)(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B) /
-Lesser Striped Swallow   15.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Lesser Swamp-Warbler   20.7.(A) /
-Lilac-breasted Roller   14.7.(B) / 15.7.(B) / 18.7.(A) / 19.7.(A) / 23.7.(B) /
-Little Bee-eater   18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Little Egret   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Little Swift   23.7.(C) /
-Long-billed Crombec   18.7.(A) /
-Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah   23.7.(B) /
-Long-toed Lapwing   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Luapula Cisticola   19.7.(A) /
-Magpie Shrike   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 17.7.(A)(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Malachite Kingfisher   15.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Marabou Stork   14.7.(B) / 15.7.(B) / 16.7. (B) /
-Marico Flycatcher   19.7.(A) /
-Marico Sunbird   19.7.(A) /
-Martial Eagle   16.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Meves’s Starling   19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Meyer’s Parrot   16.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Mountain Wheatear   23.7.(C) /
-Namaqua Dove   14.7.(A)(B) / 16.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) / 23.7.(B) /
-Namaqua Sandgrouse   23.7.(B) /
-Natal Spurfowl   13.7.(A) /
-Northern Black Korhaan   17.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Orange River Francolin   23.7.(C) /
-Pale-winged Starling   23.7.(C) /
-Pearl-spotted Owlet   15.7.(A) / 16.7.(C) / 18.7.(C) / 23.7.(A)(C) /
-Pied Crow   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(B) / 16.7.(A)(B)(C) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Pied Kingfisher   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Pink-backed Pelican   21.7.(A) /
-Pririt Batis   22.7.(C) /
-Purple Roller   17.7.(A) /
-Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver   16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B) /
-Red-billed Firefinch   13.7.(A) /
-Red-billed Hornbill   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B)(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B) /
-Red-billed Oxpecker   15.7.(B) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Red-billed Quelea   22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B) /
-Red-billed Spurfowl   22.7.(C) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-Red-billed Teal   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Red-crested Korhaan   17.7.(B) / 23.7.(B) /
-Red-eyed Dove   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(D) / 18.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Red-faced Mousebird   14.7.(D) / 19.7.(A) /
-Red-necked Falcon   16.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) /
-Red-winged Starling   13.7.(A) /
-Reed Cormorant   14.7.(D) / 15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Rock Martin   13.7.(A) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-Rosy-faced Lovebird   23.7.(C) /
-*Rufous-bellied Heron   14.7.*(D) / 20.7.(A) /
-Sabota Lark   17.7.(B) / 22.7.(C) /
-Saddle-billed Stork   19.7.(A) /
-Scaly-feathered Finch   17.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Schalow’s Turaco   14.7.(C) /
-Senegal Coucal   20.7.(A) /
-Shaft-tailed Whydah   22.7.(C) / 23.7.(C) /
-Slaty Egret   19.7.(A) /
-Sociable Weaver   23.7.(C) /
-Southern Black Flycatcher   18.7.(A) /
-Southern Black Tit   19.7.(A) / 21.7.(A) /
-Southern Grey-headed Sparrow   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(C) / 17.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Southern Ground-Hornbill   16.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Southern Masked-Weaver   19.7.(A) / 20.7.(A) / 22.7.(C) / 23.7.(C) /
-Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk   23.7.(B) /
-Southern Pied Babbler   18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) / 23.7.(A)(C) /
-Southern White-crowned Shrike   16.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(A) /
-*Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B)(C) / 18.7.(B)(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B)(C) / 23.7.(B) /
-Speckled Pigeon   23.7.(C) /
-Spectacled Weaver   14.7.(C) /
-Spike-heeled Lark   17.7.(B) /
-Spotted Eagle-Owl   23.7.(A) /
-Spur-winged Goose   15.7.(B) /
-Squacco Heron   15.7.(B) / 20.7.(A) /
-Swainson’s Spurfowl   15.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 18.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Swallow-tailed Bee-eater   17.7.(B) / 23.7.(C) /
-Swamp Boubou   20.7.(A) /
-Tawny Eagle   18.7.(B) / 22.7.(B) /
-Tawny-flanked Prinia   14.7.(C) / 19.7.(A) /
-Temminck’s Courser   17.7.(B) /
-Terrestrial Brownbul   14.7.(C)(D) / 15.7.(B) /
-Tropical Boubou   14.7.(D) /
-Trumpeter Hornbill   14.7.(C) / 15.7.(A) /
-Verreaux’s Eagle   13.7.(A) /
-*Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl   17.7.*(A) /
-Village Indigobird   13.7.(A) /
-Village Weaver   20.7.(A) /
-Violet-eared Waxbill   18.7.(C) / 22.7.(C) /
-Water Thick-knee   15.7.(B) /
-*Wattled Crane   21.7.*(A) /
-*White-backed Vulture   15.7.(B) / 19.7.*(A) / 23.7.(B) /
-White-bellied Sunbird   13.7.(A) /
-White-breasted Cormorant   23.7.(B) /
-White-browed Coucal  21.7.(A) /
-White-browed Robin-Chat   14.7.(C)(D) / 15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-White-browed Sparrow-Weaver   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(B) / 16.7.(B) / 18.7.(B)(C) / 19.7.(A) / 22.7.(B)(C) / 23.7.(B)(C) /
-White-crested Helmet-Shrike   14.7.(B)(C) / 17.7.(A) /
-White-crowned Lapwing   15.7.(B) /
-White-faced Duck   15.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-White-fronted Bee-eater   15.7.(B) /
-White-winged Tern   14.7.(D) /
-Wire-tailed Swallow   15.7.(B) /
-Wood Sandpiper   15.7.(B) /
-Yellow-bellied Greenbul   13.7.(A) / 14.7.(C) /
-Yellow-billed Duck   19.7.(A) /
-Yellow-billed Egret   15.7.(B) / 18.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) /
-Yellow-billed Oxpecker   15.7.(B) / 19.7.(A) / 21.7.(A) /
-Yellow-billed Stork   15.7.(B) /
-Yellow Canary   23.7.(C) /
-Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird   13.7.(A) /
-Yellow-throated Petronia   17.7.(A) / 19.7.(A) /
-*Yellow-throated Sandgrouse   21.7.*(A) /

Total number of species identified:


Enjoy Birding, 
Stefan Rust
Please note: Most scientific information has been taken from Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, V11th edition!
(For further reading see www.birdscontour.blogspot.com)
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Art. # 301

SUPPORT AWARD (Welfare, Conservation and Tourism division)
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM (Tourism division)

On Dqae Qare the San people are the focus.

Photos and text by Stefan Rust

(In terms of the Geneva Convention the copyright of these texts belongs to Stefan Rust)


Here the hearts of culture-interested guests will beat faster to a few bars.


This is the place for visitors who are interested in the culture of the San. San, resident of that part of the Kalahari, demonstrate traditional dance shows, explain therapeutic effects of different plants, women show jewelry making and the men the art of fire. Thanks to these tourism activities culture and tradition are maintained.
But not only offers this, located only 24 km outside of Ghanzi, community-based tourism project jobs and an important source of income for the in this area natives, but at the same time is the overwhelming 7500 hectares surrounding a refuge for many game species in form of a private game reserve.

For these unremitting efforts BirdsConTour rewards the Dqae Qare San Lodge with a three penguin rated Welfare, Conservation and Tourism Support 2014 Award.