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Cape Birding Day Trip: West Coast - Black Korhaan Tour

Top birds

•  Black Harrier
•  Southern Black Korhaan
•  Grey-winged Francolin
•  Chestnut-banded Plover
•  Cape Long-billed Lark
•  Clapper Lark
•  Sickle-winged Chat
•  Grey Tit
•  Cape Penduline Tit
•  Cloud Cisticola

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Typical Birding Sites

West Coast National Park and Langebaan Lagoon, coastal sandveld and adjacent wheat lands.

Detailed itinerary

The western seaboard of South Africa, stretching along the Atlantic shores from Cape Town northwards to the Olifants River, is best known for its superb beaches, bountiful sealife, internationally recognized coastal wetlands, and spring wildflower displays that are nothing short of spectacular.

Birding is excellent: there is an abundance of migrant waders and other waterbirds, and rewarding ‘strandveld’ birding. Highlights range from the quiet elegance of a Black Harrier quartering low over the scrublands of the West Coast National Park, where the Langebaan Lagoon attracts thousand of wintering waders, to harsh shouts of a male Southern Black Korhaan in display.

Working northwards from Cape Town, we bird a number of specific sites in coastal sandveld and the adjacent wheatlands. This area is most active in winter and spring, when the surrounding wheatlands are filled with birds; after the summer harvest it becomes progressively drier and less active. Small numbers of Blue Crane may be found in the adjacent fields. Red-capped Lark, Capped Wheatear, Familiar Chat, African Pipit and Cape Sparrow are common in this vicinity. In spring Banded Martin and Pearl-breasted Swallow can be spotted among the more numerous Greater Striped and Barn Swallows. This area provides a host of western specials including the stunning Southern Black Korhaan, Pied Starling, Grey-wing Francolin, Karoo Lark, and the unusual western race of Cloud Cisticola.

The West Coast National Park, our focus for the rest of the day, provides further great birding, including access to Black Harrier and Chestnut-banded Plover and thousands of wintering waders during summer. The strandveld vegetation throughout the park harbours species such as White-backed Mousebird, Karoo Lark, Cape Penduline Tit, Cape Bulbul, Cape Robin-chat, Karoo Scrub-robin, Common Titbabbler, Layard’s Titbabbler, Grey-backed Cisticola, Long-billed Crombec, Bar-throated Apalis, Grassbird, Bokmakierie, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Cape Weaver, White-throated Canary, Yellow Canary and Cape Bunting. A detour to the north may provide us with Grey Tit, Sickle-winged Chat and the localised Cape Long-billed Lark.

Blue Crane on a West Coast Birding Tour © Callan Cohen

Malachite Sunbird on a West Coast Birding Tour © Mike Buckham

Southern Double-collared Sunbird on a West Coast Birding Tour © Mike Buckham

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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