It is August 2013 which means it is time to head in the direction of the West Coast to experience nature's flower power. About 100km from Cape Town and an hour later, we reached the West Coast National Park.
As it is a Friday, 9 August 2013 and a public holiday, the entrance to the park was extremely busy, but seems that the SANParks staff got it worked out and was prepared as we did not have to wait long before we were in the park.
We got the Kruger feeling and drove slowly while lots of cars speed past us thinking we were a bit 'slow'. But we were looking for birds and enjoyed the veld. As we drove closer to the Postberg reserve, we got this view of the Langebaan lagoon from the road.
Then we saw a sign indicating bird hide to the left. As bird hide lovers, it was a no-brainer and we stopped at the Abrahamskraal bird hide with the house where one can overnight just behind it.
We were imagining that we were at Lake Panic - WCNP's own 'Lake Panic'. There were a lot of activity on the dam as can be seen from the hide.
A lonely sleeping Flamingo with a pair of Cape Shoveler (Kaapse Slopeend)
Little Grebe (Klein Dobbertjie)
Brimstone Canary (Dikbekkanrie) (...if not mistaken)
Yellow Bishop (Kaapse flap)
Then a first for me - African Rail (Grootriethaan)
We also spotted some Cape Weavers, Red-knobbed Coot, Common Moorhen and Red-faced Mousebirds. Some Ostriches walking in the direction of the house.
After we enjoyed the birdlife at the bird hide, we were entertained by lots of Southern Double-collared sunbirds (Kleinrooibandsuikerbekkie) along the road.
Coming up next, entering the Postberg Nature Reserve section...to be continued.