A FLIGHT HIGHER - A SPECIALIST COURSE FOR MORE EXPERIENCED BIRDERS AT BISHOPS
Happening from the 5th October 2019 to 6th October 2019
A FLIGHT HIGHER
DAY 1: Saturday 5 October
SESSION 1: MASTERS OF THE SKIES – BIRDS OF PREY
09h00 to 10h00: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – How does one start flying with these beautiful creatures? Celebrating the SECRETARYBIRD as Bird of the Year
10h00 to 10h15: Tea
10h15 to 11h45: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region
11h45 to 12h00: What type of bird of prey is that flying over me?
12h00 to 12h30: “THE SECRET LIFE OF EGGS – This is no yolk”
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
SESSION 2 – LITTLE BROWN JOBS
13h00 to 14h15: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? What they lose in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour. (Those cryptic birds of our region)
14h15 to 15h00: “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”. Our bustards and korhane in trouble
15h00 to 16h00: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area with lots of LBJs – Participants decide on one case-study on birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
The iconic Secretarybird - Image by Diane Steenkamp
Female Amur Falcon - Image by Anton
DAY 2: Sunday 6 October
SESSION 3 - SUMMER MIGRANTS
09h00 to 09h30: Securing the passage of AMUR FALCONS on their epic migratory flight
09h30 to 10h00: Basic keys on the identification of SWALLOWS, SWIFTS AND MARTINS in your area
10h00 to 10h30: Tea
10h30 to 11h00: Basic keys on the identification of TERNS in your area
11h00 to 12h00: Basic keys on the identification of the WADERS in your area
12h00 to 12h30: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
Sandwich & Common Terns - Image by Anton
White-throated Swallow - Image by Anton
SESSION 4 – GETTING INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION ACTIONS ON THE GROUND
13h00 to 13h30: For the love of one’s GARDEN – Planning one’s garden to attract birds and other wildlife
13h30 to 14h00: For the next two sessions participants decide on two conservation case-studies on the following topics: AFRICAN PENGUINS, ALBATROSSES, LESSER FLAMINGOS, GREAT WHITE PELICANS or AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER NEST STUDIES
14h00 to 14h30: Conservation case-study (Continued)
14h30 to 15h30: BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign – The protection of AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER and other coastal species
15h30 to 16h00: WHERE TO FROM HERE? Discussion on possible conservation actions in the region where the course is being presented. Alternatively the group could consider: The regional bird-watching brag session – The BEST BIRDING SPOTS and where to look for those special birds.
Little Stint: Our smallest wader - Image by Anton
Common Ringed Plover - Image by Anton
DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October 2019
VENUE: The Heatlie Pavilion, Bishops, 65 Campground Road, Rondebosch
COSTS: R 600-00 that include the course notes & certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa. Alternatively R 250.00 per individual session/
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.
TO REGISTER AND SECURE A PLACE:
Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 455 8402. All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.
SOME EXAMPLES OF ROUGHLY 50 CASE-STUDIES TO BE DONE DURING THE COURSE: BLSA’s opposition to wind energy facilities in Lesotho due to the presence of Bearded and Cape Vultures/ The importance of reporting wing tags on large birds of prey/ The Southern Black Korhaan and the importance of Renosterveld conservation/ The Barn Owl: International super hero/ Power line collisions and electrocutions and the correct reporting procedures/ Mitigating vehicle collisions of African Grass and Marsh Owls in the Highveld region/ Spending 10 months non-stop in the sky: The Common Swift/ The Pacific Ocean super pilot: Bar-tailed Godwit/ The conservation status of White-fronted Plovers/ A Diederik Cuckoo case-study.
NOTE: The course notes include the key identification features of potentially confusing species, as well as the contact details of a variety of conservation agencies, rehabilitation centres and the like.