I love bustards. They are attractive regal looking birds that scream African savannah to me, even if the first I ever saw was in Australia. They are proud stalkers of the plains that are every bit as fierce-some as the dinosaur ancestors they evoke in the mind’s eye. And if you like bustards, you could do a lot worse than the plains, deserts, fynbos and grasslands of Southern Africa, which hold a number of species including several endemics.
One such endemic is the Southern Black Bustard (or Southern Black Korhaan, as small bustards in South Africa are known as korhaans) This species has a pretty restricted distribution, confined to the fynbos scrubland around Cape Town in Southern Africa’s Western Cape. It’s not even a spectacularly hard species to find, if you know where to look, and with a guide I was able to find one pretty quickly about an hour north of the city. As localised endemics go, it’s a pretty sweet species to pick up on a visit. This individual was located on a small road off the main coast road north of the city, less than a hundred metres from the road. There were also several others around calling.