The contents of the Flight Higher course for more experienced birders have now been adapted to a workshop format rather a lecture format. A variety of talks are now available and the decisions of which talks to present are based on the needs and choices of the participants.
We presented the Flight Higher course at Barry House on Riverton Stud, Robertson district over the weekend and are very happy with the new format. New additions include an overview of the endemic birds of the Western Cape Province, the new talk on the Southern Ground Hornbill as BLSA’s bird of the year 2020 and a comprehensive discussion on progress with the CleanMarine campaign. Several conservation issues were also incorporated into the talks on groups of birds such as vultures, falcons, harriers, swallows and waders. In the section on how to prepare for birding at a new place this group interestingly selected the Tankwa Karoo National Park rather than Kruger or Kgalagadi.
The advantage of giving people such choices is that we now not only look at regional topics and issues, but can focus on more local issues. We have now been approached about similar courses at George, Swellendam, Yzerfontein, Clanwilliam and the Witzenberg region – details of these will be released soon. All future courses will be adapted to focus on conservation and birding tourism issues in the area where the region is being presented.
A more detailed report, together with images will follow after the completion of the third birding blitz at Riverton Stud that starts tomorrow.