A FLIGHT HIGHER AT SEDGEFIELD: 18 & 19 OCTOBER 2019Happening from the 18th October 2019 to 19th October 2019
A FLIGHT HIGHER AT SEDGEFIELD: 18 & 19 OCTOBER 2019
“A FLIGHT HIGHER” by Anton Odendal, a course celebrating our feathered friends with more experienced birders, will be presented at Sedgefield on 18 & 19 October 2019.
“Most of us can see, but not everyone looks. Most of us can hear, but not everyone listens”. – Bill Oddie. The FLIGHT HIGHER course is aimed at enhancing one’s experience of birds by illustrating how to look at and listen to these wonderful creatures.
Many bird-watchers who have attended the Flight for Birders course in the past have requested that we develop a specialist course for intermediate and more experienced birders. Well, here it is – it is not too technical and filled with anecdotes, wonderful memories and often crazy storytelling about our feathered friends. All talks have now been upgraded and several new ones were added.
All sections of the course have been adapted to accommodate more experienced bird-watchers and the course includes several brand new talks such as: 1. “The secret life of eggs – This is no yolk” 2. "Inglorious bustards - the crazy gang in trouble": Reflections on our Bustards and Korhane 3. How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area with lots of LBJs, bustards and raptors – Participants decide on one of the talks on birding in the Tankwa Karoo, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park or the Kruger National Park. 4. Securing the safe passage for Amur Falcons on their epic migratory flight. 5. For the love of one’s garden – Planning one’s garden to attract birds and other wildlife. Roughly 50 conservation case-studies are also included in the course.
DAY 1: Friday 18 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: Celebrating South Africa's endemic bird species and where to look for them
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 or looking for the ENDEMICS in the eight geographical regions of South Africa.
DAY 2: Saturday 19 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
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 three conservation case-studies on the following topics: AFRICAN PENGUINS, ALBATROSSES, LESSER FLAMINGOS, PIED CROWS, RENOSTERVELD CONSERVATION, 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.
DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October 2019
VENUE: Venue in Sedgefield to be confirmed
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.
(Images by Anton)