Thursday, November 15, 2012

Spitzkoppe

Spitzkoppe is a fascinating place to visit.  As we entered the park I jumped out and started chasing around trying to photograph the various birds I could hear.  A good proportion it seemed were hanging around due to the dripping tap outside the gents loos...

Anyway we did see a really good range of birds including Acacia Pied Barbet:


Black-chested Prinia:


The stunning Bokmakerie:


 Another bird with brilliant plumage, the Crimson-breasted Shrike:



At one point we spied a Pale-winged Starling hanging around close to the car and presumed they must be used to being fed by the visitors.  I tried crumbling an oat bar... we were surprised at how many birds turned up and how quickly they responded.

The biggest surprise were the Monteiro's Hornbills:



Mountain Wheatears came close but didn't seem to want the human food:



The Pale-winged Starlings however were very keen:




As well as the birds, we saw our first Rock Hyrax at Spitzkoppe:



They are very agile across near sheer rockfaces:


The orange-headed lizard seemed very confident of itself:



The scenery around Sptizkoppe really is something to behold:



The stones and trees here seem almost placed by hand:
















Helen took this picture to illustrate the scale of the place:


 Weird succulent tree:


From Spitzkoppe and the lunchtime heat, we drove on towards the Erongo Mountains and Omaruru, toward  our lodge for the next couple of nights, the Ai Aiba.

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