What is a Palm-thrush?

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Mum, Dad, I’m sorry I described my childhood as feral. Across the Chobe River from Kasane, overlooking the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. A post I wrote a few weeks ago where I made some disparaging remarks about America’s pseudowarblers (and poetry) generated a certain amount of negative feedback, and clearly some apologies are in order. As for the rest of you, poking fun at your pseudowarblers is too much fun for me to stop.

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Duncan’s 2015 List

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African Pygmy-goose ( Nettapus auritus ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 1 January. Long-tailed Cormorant, or Reed Cormorant ( Microcarbo africanus ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 2 January. African Darter ( Anhinga rufa ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 2 January. Hamerkop ( Scopus umbretta ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 1 January. Striated Heron, or Green Heron, ( Butorides striatus ); Caprivi Strip, Namibia, 2 December. Struthionidae (Ostriches).

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The Gawky Guillemot

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In this treaty, the Germans ceded control over some of their colonial territories in East Africa to the British in return for the Caprivi Strip (now Namibia) and, surprise, the island of Heligoland. Spending the winter far out at sea in the Arctic when you are a bird barely larger than a feral pigeon? I guess we can universally agree that the colonial times were a rather selfish period of European history.

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Beaten by an Angry Bird

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A few years back, I birded northern Greece with a couple from Namibia. He has seen them before in Cape Town, but those were introduced and feral birds, while in the Balkans they are indigenous and – countable! Noisy wing beats, heavy landing behind the stern, water splashing everywhere and then, a hit of a heavy wing on my upper arm…. It had been a while since I saw Greater Flamingoes and was thrilled to see them again.

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