Happening from the 13th April 2019 to 14th April 2019

A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
Ceres venue to be confirmed
13 & 14 April 2019

BirdLife Overberg’s drive to expose more people to the wonderful world of birds and bird-watching moves to Ceres on 5 and 6 April – the Flight for Birders 2019 identification & conservation course will be presented. The course has been revised completely for presentation to employees of nature conservation agencies. It now consists of equal thirds of bird identification, birding tourism and conservation issues with emphasis on how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in birds and birding conservation actions. The course now also includes details of BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine coastal conservation campaigns and several other critical conservation issues in the Cape Whale Coast region. The Secretarybird is also celebrated as BirdLife South Africa’s bird of the year. 

People working in the tourism and conservation industries, as well as novice and more experienced bird-watchers should be encouraged to participate. The costs of the course include coffee and tea, a practical outing, basic notes and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa. Gift vouchers to attend the course are available – an ideal gift for budding birders.

Male Pririt Batis in the Tankwa Karoo National Park
Cape Rock-Thrush in Mitchells Pass










DAY 1: Saturday 13 April
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00: Registration

09h00 to 10h00: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – Celebrating the Secretarybird as the Bird of the year 2019. How does one start flying with these beautiful creatures? 

10h00 to 10h15: Tea

10h15 to 11h45: For the love of one’s GARDEN BIRDS – 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, THICK-KNEES AND FLUFFTAILS

15h00 to 15h30: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – a case-study of birding in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 

Greater Kestrel along the P2250, Tankwa Karoo




Southern Black Korhaan







DAY 2: Sunday 14 April

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? How to use various BIRDFINDER WEB-PAGES of the region.

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 AND 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: 13 & 14 April 2019
VENUE: Venue in Ceres to be confirmed
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.

Orange-breasted Sunbird


Ground Woodpecker in the Gydo Pass












(Images by Anton Odendal)



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