Calendulauda erythrochlamys (near-endemic)
Being the only true endemic to Namibia and the plainest lark in the karoo lark complex, I was really looking forward to seeing this bird when we visited Namibia in July 2012.
After failing to find the bird at Elim Dune, despite hours of searching (and learning that birding is far more fun if you just relax and allow the birds to find you), we were travelling past dune 7 when Eileen suddenly saw a rock kestrel disturb what she thought were two larks. Low and behold, it was two larks; two dune larks, who were happy to pose for photographs and make me a very happy tourist. What an incredible blessing and a moment I will remember for a very long time!