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"A FLIGHT HIGHER" BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE AT SWELLENDAM

Happening from the 15th February 2020 to 16th February 2020

“A FLIGHT HIGHER” BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE AT SWELLENDAM
PROGRAM SCHEDULE

DAY 1: Saturday 15 February
SESSION 1: MASTERS OF THE SKIES – BIRDS OF PREY

09h00 to 10h00: Introduction – A celebration of the endemic bird species of the Western Cape Province

09h30 to 10h00: Securing a safe passage for AMUR FALCONS on their epic migratory flight

10h00 to 10h15: Tea

10h15 to 11h15: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region

11h30 to 12h00: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region (Continued)

12h00 to 12h30: What type of bird of prey is that flying over me?

White-backed Vulture
Immature Black Harrier hunting over Renosterveld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”. Reflections on our bustards and korhane

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

Large-billed Lark
Denham's Bustards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: Sunday 16 February


SESSION 3 - SUMMER MIGRANTS
09h00 to 09h30: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES

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: For the love of one’s GARDEN – Planning one’s garden to attract birds and other wildlife

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

White-throated Swallow
Caspian Tern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



SESSION 4 – GETTING INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION ACTIONS ON THE GROUND

13h00 to 14h00: For this session participants decide on two conservation case-studies on the following topics: AFRICAN PENGUINS, ALBATROSSES, LESSER FLAMINGOS, GREAT WHITE PELICANS, PIED CROWS, RENOSTERVELD CONSERVATION, SECRETARYBIRDS or AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER NEST STUDIES

14h00 to 14h30: BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign – The protection of AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER and other coastal species

14h30 to closure: WHERE TO FROM HERE? The importance of birding tourism and the potential of the Swellendam region

Orange-breasted Sunbird
African Penguins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILS IN BRIEF:

DATES: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February 2020

VENUE: Drosdy Museum Hall, Swellendam

COSTS: R 600-00 that includes the course notes. Alternatively R 250.00 per individual session.
Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now also available: an ideal Valentine’s Day gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular.

TO REGISTER AND SECURE A PLACE:
Contact Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or 082 455 8402. All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.

Knysna Turaco
White-fronted Plover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(All images by Anton Odendal)


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