INTRODUCTORY FLYING HIGHER COURSE ON BIRDS OF MOSTLY WIDE AND OPEN SPACES
Happening from the 22nd July 2020 to 30th July 2020
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 being presented online via Zoom and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your 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 the Tankwa Karoo and its National Park 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 – Wednesday 22 July at 19h00
SESSION 2: LITTLE BROWN JOBS Part 1: Focus on our larks, pipits and canaries - Thursday 23 July at 19h00
SESSION 3: LITTLE BROWN JOBS Part 2: Warblers, cisticolas and chats – Tuesday 28 July at 19h00
SESSION 4: INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS: Our bustards and korhane in trouble – Wednesday 29 July at 19h00
SESSION 5: CASE-STUDY ON BIRDING IN THE TANKWA KAROO – Thursday 30 July at 19h00
COURSE: Birds of mostly wide, open spaces
DATES: 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 July, all at 19h00
FORMAT: The course is presented online via Zoom – If required participants will be assisted to be able to take part using Zoom
COSTS: R 300.00 per person for the course or R 75.00 per individual session.
REGISTRATION: Contact Elaine at email@example.com or WhatsApp at 082 455 8402 or Anton at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The embattled Southern Black Korhaan
Greater Kestrel - One of the special birds of the Tankwa Karoo