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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.



2015 - Week 35
- (Added 30. Aug. 2015 - 11:00)

I know, I really like these camera trap images of raptors coming in to land… But this is the first one this year… Here we see a juvenile African hawk-eagle arriving for a drink. Those rufous underparts will become a streaky black when mature.




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