a flock of 33 birds
On the drive back to Hermanus we took a detour to visit Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa.
Near there there's a road through the farms that is one of the only sites to see the extremely localized endemic Agulhas Long-billed Lark... we looked for it without success, but this amazing bustard was a nice consolation prize.
northern black korhaan
We left Wakkerstroom thinking we had missed one of our targets, the endemic Blue Bustard (aka Blue Korhaan). Then on the highway towards Johannesburg we had to screech to a halt on the shoulder because of these birds; two females and a male.
The male is to the far right, and is puffing out his throat in agitation at our presence.
Bustards, including floricans and korhaans, are large and highly terrestrial birds mainly associated with dry open country and steppes in the Old World. They range in length from 40 to 150 cm (16 to 59 in). They make up the family Otididae (formerly known as Otidae). Bustards are omnivorous and opportunistic eating leaves, buds, seeds, fruit, small vertebrates, and invertebrates.