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SWAKOPMUND

NAMIBIA
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Altitude (m):0-40
# Species*:89
# Excl Vagrants*:89
# Endemics*:1
# Near Endemics*:5
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Marine, arid scrub, riverine

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Swakopmund is a town not far north or east of Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast of Namibia. Since it's on the coast, a variety of seabirds can be seen from shore. These are better viewed by taking a boat trip out of Walvis Bay itself. A number of birds can be seen around the Swakopmund Salt Refinery including Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Chestnut-banded Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, and Damara Tern. Around the lagoon are Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Oystercatcher, and various other shorebirds during Palearctic winter. The gravel plains north of town are typically good for Gray's Lark. The same gravel plains or along the Swakop River are usually a good place to find Tractrac Chat. The guano platform between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay has thousands of Cape Cormorant and some Crowned Cormorant.

LOCATION OF SITE

Swakopmund is located on the coast 31 km north of Walvis Bay.