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2015 - Week 40
- (Added 4. Oct. 2015 - 11:00)

Reports of an African Fish Eagle on Ongava last week. Not too many fish in any of our waters, so presumably the eagle was stopping for a drink. Apparently there are only about 600 fish eagles in Namibia, so a rare sight in an area that does not have permanent water. Here is a shot we took of one a few years ago, also a brief visit.

PS I seem to be repeating myself – last week’s Dik-Dik picture appeared in the blog last year. And they seem to have grown – last year I said a maximum of 6kg, this year I said 7kg. It seems that depends on your reference materials… Either way, rather small!

2015 - Week 39
- (Added 27. Sep. 2015 - 11:00)

The smallest antelope on Ongava is the Damara Dik-Dik Madoqua damarensis, or perhaps it should more formally be known as a subspecies of Kirk’s Dik-Dik Madoqua kirkii damarensis. These small antelope weigh no more than about 7kg when fully grown. Apparently the name comes from the sound they make when fleeing, but as I’ve only see two in several years at Ongava I can’t verify that. Also in all our camera trapping we have never seen one on our waterhole traps – this image is an opportunistic shot taken on a trail a few years ago. Dik-Diks are optimized to conserve water – that elongated snout contains a large chamber that has a high concentration of blood vessels. Dik-Diks can then pant via their noses to create a cooling effect.

2015 - Week 38
- (Added 20. Sep. 2015 - 11:00)

How big did you say his horn was?

2015 - Week 37
- (Added 13. Sep. 2015 - 11:00)

Careful now, don’t want to get muddy paws…

2015 - Week 36
- (Added 7. Sep. 2015 - 11:00)

Here’s another uncommon image for Ongava – an African green-pigeon Treron calvus. These parrot-like pigeons are generally found in the eastern, more tropical forests where fruiting trees are found. There appears to be a population that has persisted in the dryer areas of northwest Namibia.

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