After a coffee in the Geelbek restaurant to the sound of the large colony of Cape Weavers the area by the carpark had 2 Blue Cranes, Hadada Ibis, Banded Martin and 2 distant Eland.
Heading up the western (seaward) side of the park we were keen to visit the northern Postburg section which is only open during the September flower season. We were not disappointed! A group of c15 Cape Mountain Zebras was closely followed by our first of several Bontebok. A slow drive around the tracks of this section was spectacular with all the wildflowers and the birding was excellent too - 2 Crowned Lapwings beside the track plus showy Grey-backed Cisticolas, Levaillant's Cisticolas, Malachite Sunbird, 4 Southern Double-collared Sunbird, c6 Black-shouldered Kites, 2 Rock Ketrels, c10 Common Ostriches, 3 White-backed Mousebirds, 2 Bokmakerie and a Long-billed Crombec. Then I hit gold with probably my most wanted bird - Black Harrier! A pair were sailing over a roadside hill giving major views followed by a White Pelican and Rock Kestrel over.
Cape Mountain Zebras
A stop on the rocky coastline revealed the usual suspects of African Black Oystercatchers, Cape Cormorants, Hartlaub's Gulls and Kelp Gulls plus a few offshore Cape Gannets, Karoo Scrub Robins a confiding pair of White-fronted Plovers and along the shore a large gathering of Antarctic Terns. Back at the Geelbek hide the tide had receded a bit so a few more waders were in evidence - several Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew, Whimbrel and c30 Curlew Sandpipers.
African Black Oystercatchers
We finished our day with a visit to the Abrahamskraal Bird Hide which overlooks a reed-fringed pool. Here we had Black Crake, 5 African Purple Swamphen, a calling Little Bittern, Red-knobbed Coot, 2 Cape Teal and Little Grebe. Walking back to the car a male Southern Black Koorhan flew up and parachuted down in a bizarre display flight! A daytime Cape Dune Molerat crossing the road nearby was, I am told, very unusual and lucky!
African Purple Swamphen
Cape Dune Molerat