Although we stopped numerous times whenever an interesting bird (or zebra) was spotted during the drive from Cape Town the actual first planned stop was at the Abrahamskraal Hide within the National Park. The hide overlooks a pool fringed with reeds and scrub and it was from the boardwalk as we walked towards the hide that we enjoyed our second sighting of Southern Black Korhaan.
Although the site is a good location for Black Crake we only encountered the one individual clambering around on a bush at the margin of the pool, and that only showed as we walked back to the vehicle. Other highlights included African Bush-warbler (Little Rush Warbler), Lesser Swamp Warbler, Little Swift (2 overhead), White-throated Swallow, Cape Shoveler, Cape Weaver (colony), Red Bishop and Yellow Bishop.
It was as we drove back down the access road to/from the hide that I spotted 2 Grey-backed Francolin beside the track. It is another endemic to South Africa and the plumage on the neck includes rather smart looking black and white ‘chainmail’ patterning.
The regular vast swaths of flowers we encountered within the National Park were spectacular and apparently the show this year was particularly striking. At the Seeburg view point we encountered two more Grey-winged Francolin amongst an impressive display of wild flowers. The third Southern Black Korhaan we spotted was actually on the other side of the road.
Much to Mrs T’s enjoyment we encountered several family groups of Ostrich as we drove through the National Park.
Tony T BSc (Hons) GeoSci (Open)