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INTRODUCTORY FLYING HIGHER COURSE ON BIRDS OF MOSTLY WIDE AND OPEN SPACES

Happening from the 26th April 2021 to 30th April 2021

The contents of the ‘Flight for Birders’, ‘Flight Higher’ and ‘The Secret Life of Raptors’ courses by Dr Anton Odendal have been adapted for six shorter courses each consisting of five individual one-hour sessions. These are on common garden birds, birds mostly associated with coastal habitats and estuaries, summer migrants, two sections on birds of prey and this one on terrestrial species. These courses are pre-recorded and forwarded to paticipants on the days advertised. It can therefore be enjoyed in the comfort of one's home.

This course focuses on terrestrial species that are mostly found in wide, open rural areas, along our country’s gravel roads and game reserves. The first session celebrates some of South Africa’s brilliant endemic species, while two sessions focus on the six main groups of the often difficult to identify “Little Brown Jobs’ (LBJs). Our bustards and korhane are facing serious threats to their survival and this is highlighted in the fourth session. The course is concluded with an overview of how one prepares to visit a new birding area and here a case-study of the roads through the Tankwa Karoo is used as an illustrated case-study. Basic clues on the identification of birds are provided and anecdotal information on their survival skills and foraging strategies is shared. Basic notes are forwarded to participants electronically – this also includes information on getting involved in conservation actions and joining a local bird club.

The course contents and dates of presentation are as follows:
SESSION 1: A CELEBRATION OF SOME OF SOUTH AFRICA’S ENDEMIC TERRESTRIAL BIRD SPECIES – Monday 26 april
SESSION 2: LITTLE BROWN JOBS Part 1: Focus on our larks, pipits and canaries - Tuesday 27 April
SESSION 3: LITTLE BROWN JOBS Part 2: Warblers, cisticolas and chats – Wednesday 28 April
SESSION 4: INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS: Our bustards and korhane in trouble – Thursday 29 April
SESSION 5: CASE-STUDY ON BIRDING IN THE TANKWA KAROO – Friday 30 Aoril

ARRANGEMENTS:
COURSE: Birds of mostly wide, open spaces
DATES: 26 to 30 April
FORMAT: Recordings of the talks are forwarded to participants with WeTransfer on the dates advertised
COSTS: R 500.00 per person for the course or R 100.00 per individual session.
REGISTRATION: Contact Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or WhatsApp at 082 455 8402 or Anton at birding@overberg.co.za or WhatsApp at 082 550 3347 to register or to obtain more information.
NOTE: Gift vouchers to attend the course are available – an ideal gift for budding birders.

Large-billed Lark - a special endemic
The endemic Cape Grassbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey-backed Cisticola

 

 

 

The embattled Southern Black Korhaan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Kestrel - One of the special birds of the Tankwa Karoo

 

 

 

 

Male Pririt Batis- Yet another Tankwa special

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Images by Anton)


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