Hello from Namibia and welcome to our first ever blog post!
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What are Strandloopertjies, what affiliates us with them and how do you even pronounce this 17 long lettered word?
Strandloopertjies is an Afrikaans term referring to waders (birds).
Pronounced “Strand-looper-keys” meaning “beach walkers”.
The White-fronted Plover is a common bird on our beaches and we encounter them on a daily basis. They are often referred to as “Strandloopertjies” as they run up and down the beach feeding and defending their territory.
So how do we compare?
We, like them, love and live on coastal shores and enjoy exploring new destinations. If we’re not at home in Swakopmund along the Namibian coastline, we spend our days on tropical beaches in Indonesia. But most commonly, we leave our footprints and memories on all the beaches we have been to.
They are one of the most common birds along the African coastline. Their breeding habitats are sandy beaches and their nests are just above the high water mark covered with sand, pebbles, shell pieces or even seaweed.
Here in Namibia, you’ll spot them in the vehicle tracks along the beaches. They are fast running and enjoyable to watch. When little ones are caught in a track, you will see their parents faking injury to distract us so that the little one gets a chance to set free.