Useless Info


You might find this strange, but most info is useless to most but utmost interesting to others.

I have therefore decided to create this page... sharing information on a lighter less serious note.

Here it goes:

Wormbarkfalsethorn - Albizia anthelmintica
Just as I thought everything would die in this terrible drought, the Albizias are giving me hope again.
Although big and small animals gnaw the bark and often leave the tree in a terrible state, they seem to be surviving.
check out these pics (taken Sept/Oct) of just how beautiful they are blooming this time of the year.

Wormbarkfalsethorn in Namibia

Wormbarkfalsethorn close up Wormbarkfalsethorn with Impalas

9.7.16 - Aardvark sighting on our last Kudu hunt

As you all know, hunting is experiencing nature - beeing out there in the middle of things.
as we drove down the riverbed of the Fish River my tracker suddenly hits me on the shoulder... Ardvark!!!
what a wonderfull sighting it was! The animal was right in front of its hole, probably thinking about going back home.
The sighting was a bit sad though, since these animals are nocturnal.
Its so dry at the moment that they have to find food during daylight as well.
at leat it had a good condition.

aardvark

aardvark looking for insects Aarvark digging a deep hole

 

13.4.2015 - Success with barn owls

You might find this strange, but I firmly believe that barn owls are the secret protectors of our yard.

Barn owls eat mice, snakes are attracted by mice... no mice, less snakes.

I build and erected this Barn Owl Nesting Box in November 2013. Three days after, the owls moved in, but did not breed.

Now, finally the first babys are ready to fledge.

Owl nisting Box Owl nisting Box Barn Owl nesting box
Barn Owls taken with movement-cam Barn Owls taken with movement-cam Barn Owls taken with movement-cam

 

5.3.2015 - Red or Grey Phalarope

While birdwatching on Otto Voigts Dam (we named this dam after my grandfather, who built it many thousand years ago), I discoverd a

Red/Grey Phalarope.

As I approached the dam hundreds of Redbilled Teal, Cape Teal, Egyptian goose and a few Cape Shoveller flewof leaving the open water

in front of me "empty".

I could not believe my eyes when one single bird, totally relaxed, spinning around his own axle and feeding vigurously, remained behind.

I am sure many birders from "north of the Equator" would not even raise their binos to check a phalarope out, but this was my first

Red/Grey Phalarope!

Great stuff, a good reason for other birders to come for a visit and check out how special Nomtsas is.

Red Phalarope / Grey Phalarope seen on Nomtsas in Namibia Red Phalarope / Grey Phalarope seen on Otto Voigts Dam in Namibia Red Phalarope / Grey Phalarope seen n Namibia

 

14.1.2015 - Roadsiders

Check out the pics below, here are my thoughts:

The Namibian Ground Agama in a rainmeter. Rain is water falling from the sky... get it? We pray for rain in this part of the world,

it does not always help.

Spotted Eagle Owls (there were four of them) sleeping in a Buffalothorn (Ziziphus mucronata). Once you have felt what a Buffalo thorn can

do to you, you know why they choose to chill out here.

This Lesser Grey shrike is a juvenile bird. more interesting however, that it sits on Boscia foetida (Stinkbush Sheperdstree), the best food

around for all browsers.

Click on the pics to find larger images!

Namibian Ground Agama in Rainmeter Spotted Eagle Owl in Ziziphus mucronata Lesser Grey Shrike on Boscia foetida in Namibia