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No.1 Pelican Sqn heading for lunch | by Pim Stouten
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No.1 Pelican Sqn heading for lunch

One of the most beautiful parts of Namibia can be found around Sandwich Harbour, a permit-only area, known for its fauna, especially birds. It's located not far south from Walvis Bay (see the flickr map of this picture).

 

There's only one 'road' leading there: a very narrow strip of sandy beach, which is only driveable during low tide. We spotted dozens and dozens of different birds, over half a dozen of jackals, an abundance of fur seals, and many smaller animals as well.

 

This, in fact was a bit of a lucky shot: I looked out of the window of our guide's Landy to admire the dunes when I saw this group of eight White Pelicans approaching. The driver reacted immediately to my 'stop!' shout, so we could all have a look at this group crossing the sandy dunes north of Sandwich Harbour. That also gave me the time to point, check exposure and focus!

 

Some of the shots I was able to get from this group might depict the birds better, but I like this one most. It's not just the birds, but also the background: the enormous dunes so typical for the area.

 

The dark streaks on top of the dunes aren't pollution, as some people think, but traces of heavier minerals (e.g. magnetite) that don't get blown away by the wind.

 

And a quick reflection on animal naming: this animal is called 'white' in e.g. French, English and Afrikaans, but 'pink' in German and Dutch...

 

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Taken on October 5, 2011