Happening from the 9th February 2019 to 10th February 2019


A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Hermanus
9 & 10 February 2019

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Dr Anton Odendal will be presented at Mollergren Park in Hermanus on 9 & 10 February 2019. 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.

Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now available - an ideal gift for those interested in nature conservation in general and birdwatching in particular.

The costs include the course notes and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa and new participants get a year's free membership of BirdLife Overberg. 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.

Great White Egret
Caspian Tern










DAY 1: Saturday 9 February
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00: Registration
09h00 to 10h00: Getting the most out of birding – How does one start flying with these beautiful creatures?
10h00 to 10h15: Tea
10h15 to 11h45: 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.
11h45 to 12h30: The art of deception – celebrating the brood parasites and their hosts. (On the tricks that cuckoos, whydahs and honeyguides are up to).
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h15: Masters of the skies – The birds of prey of the region
14h15 to 14h30: What type of bird of prey is that flying over me?
14h30 to 15h00: “Whooo, whooo, whoo” – Who goes bump in the night? Owls, nightjars and thick-knees.
15h00 to 15h30: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area - a case-study of the Kruger National Park 

Lanner Falcon
Large-billed Lark











DAY 2: Sunday 10 February

08h45 to 09h00: Coffee and tea
09h00 to 10h15: Are “Little Brown Jobs” really that bad? What they lose in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour.
10h15 to 10h30: Tea
10h30 to 11h00: Where does one find those special birds in one’s area? Demonstrating how to use various birdfinder web pages.
11h00 to 11h30: The regional bird-watching brag session – The best birding spots and where to look for those special birds.
11h30 to 12h00: Summer migrants part 1
• Basic keys on the identification of swallows, swifts & martins in your area
• Basic keys on the identification of terns in your area
12h00 to 12h30: Conservation case-studies part 1
• The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS
• BirdLife South Africa's ALBATROSS Task Force: Saving seabirds.
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 13h30: Summer migrants part 2
• Basic keys on the identification of the waders in your area
13h30 to 14h00: Conservation case-studies part 2
• BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign
14h00 to 14h45: The easiest identification stuff for last – the common waterbirds of your region.
14h45 to 15h30: THE 101 GAME – Getting to know the different families of birds.
15h30+: Closure.

DATES: 9 & 10 February 2019
VENUE: Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Hermanus
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.

Scaly-feathered Finch


African Dusky Flycatcher








African Black Oystercatcher



Ruddy Turnstones









(Images by Anton)


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