Happening from the 9th November 2018 to 10th November 2018

A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
NG Church Hall, Knysna
9 & 10 November 2018

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Dr Anton Odendal will be presented at the NG Church Hall, Knysna on 9 & 10 November 2018. The course is adapted to focus largely on the birds to be found in the region where it is presented and is practically illustrated highlighting the difficult to identify birds of the region. The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats. The growth of birding tourism is practically demonstrated with several birdfinder web pages. More than 60% of participants are usually from the tourism and conservation industries.

The costs include the course notes and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings are used. In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide.

# Coffee and tea will be provided.










DAY 1: Friday 9 November
07h45 to 08h00: Registration
08h00 to 09h00: Getting the most out of birding – How does one start flying with these beautiful creatures?
09h00 to 09h15: Tea
09h15 to 10h45: For the love of one’s garden – Getting to know the birds that one will see most often and planning one’s garden to attract them.
10h45 to 11h30: The art of deception – celebrating the brood parasites and their hosts. (On the tricks that cuckoos, whydahs and honeyguides are up to).
11h30 to 12h00: Lunch
12h00 to 13h00: Where does one find those special birds in one’s area? Demonstrating how to use various birdfinder web pages.
13h00 to 13h30: The regional bird-watching brag session – The best birding spots and where to look for those special birds.
13h30 to 15h00: We all need to start conserving birds and their habitats – Three of these projects will be highlighted: 

1. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS

2. BirdLife South Africa's ALBATROSS Task Force: Saving seabirds. 

3. BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign 

4. The impact of GREAT WHITE PELICANS on breeding cormorants on Jutten Island.

5. The epic migratory flight of the AMUR FALCON

6. Our BUSTARDS AND KORHAANS under pressure
















DAY 2: Saturday 10 November

07h45 to 08h00: Coffee and tea
08h00 to 09h15: Are “Little Brown Jobs” really that bad? What they lose in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour.
09h15 to 09h30: Tea
09h30 to 10h45: Masters of the skies – The birds of prey of the region
10h45 to 11h00: What type of bird of prey is that flying over me?
11h00 to 11h30: “Whooo, whooo, whoo” – Who goes bump in the night? Owls, nightjars and thick-knees.
11h30 to 12h00: Lunch
12h00 to 13h30: George Gerswin was wrong – Summer time and living is not easy. A focus on summer migrants:
• Basic keys on the identification of swallows, swifts & martins in your area
• Basic keys on the identification of terns in your area
• Basic keys on the identification of waders
• Basic keys on the identification of those difficult migratory raptors
13h30 to 14h15: The easiest stuff for last – the common waterbirds of your region.
14h15 to 14h30: The 101 game – Getting to know the different families of birds.
14h30+: Closure.

DATES: 9 & 10 November 2018
VENUE: NG Church Hall, Knysna
COSTS: R 550-00 that include the course notes & certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa.
Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now also available: an ideal gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular.

Contact Elaine at or 082 455 8402. All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.












(Images by Anton)


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