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“A FLIGHT HIGHER” 2020 BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE AT MONTAGU

Happening from the 7th March 2020 to 8th March 2020

“A FLIGHT HIGHER” 2020 BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE AT MONTAGU

"A FLIGHT HIGHER" by Dr Anton Odendal: A specialist course for intermediate and more experienced birders is to be presented at Montagu on 7 & 8 March 2020. This is to further enhance the outstanding bird-watching potential of the Langeberg region. Many novice bird-watchers who have attended the Flight for Birders course in the past have requested that we develop a specialist course for intermediate birders that are a bit more experienced. Well, here it is – it is not too technical and filled with anecdotes, wonderful memories and often crazy storytelling about our feathered friends. Themes addressed include Birds of Prey, Little Brown Jobs, the Southern Ground Hornbill as bird of the year, summer migrants, planning one’s garden to attract birds and case-studies on a variety of conservation issues. The growing importance of birding tourism is also highlighted and making the most of visiting several top birding destinations (such as the Kruger National Park) will be featured. 

Orange-breasted Sunbird
African Stonechat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE 

DAY 1: Saturday 7 March
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 11h00: Masters of the skies – Our VULTURES in trouble

11h00 to 12h00: Focus on the SECRETARYBIRD - Another species in trouble

12h00 to 12h30: What type of BIRD OF PREY is that flying over me?

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 your region)

14h15 to 15h00: The SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL as bird of the year 2020

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

Black-chested Snake Eagle
Cape Spurfowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2: Sunday 8 March


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

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, “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”, 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 Langeberg region

Female Pririt Batis
Capped Wheatear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILS IN BRIEF:

DATES: 7 & 8 March 2020

VENUE: Venue in Montagu to be confirmed

BRING ALONG: A notebook and pen, one of the birdguide books such as Roberts and a picnic lunch. Coffe and tea will be provided throughout.

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 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.

Female Amur Falcon
White-faced Ducks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(All Images by Anton Odendal)


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