Happening from the 5th September 2020 to 6th September 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 several shorter courses each consisting of five individual one-hour sessions. These are being presented online via Zoom and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.

The second part of THE SECRET LIVES OF BIRDS OF PREY online course is aimed at celebrating many of the species and conservation issues not featured during the first course. The course coincides with International Vulture Awareness Day and several issues threatening these birds, as well as Secretarybirds and our migrating raptors will be addressed. Several rare and vagrant raptors species will be celebrated and raptor birding opportunities in one of our large National Parks will be highlighted. The text used during the course will be included in basic course notes to be forwarded to all participants before the course starts. The course will assist participants to appreciate these magnificent birds even more.

The course contents and dates of presentation are as follows:
THE SECRET LIVES OF BIRDS OF PREY (PART 2) – (To be presented on 5 and 6 September to coincide with International Vulture Awareness Day)

SESSION 1: Masters of the skies 1 – Introduction and focus on the SECRETARYBIRD: CASE-STUDY on several conservation issues facing our raptors (Saturday 5 September at 09h00)

SESSION 2: Masters of the skies 2 – “Our VULTURES in trouble” to coincide with INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY (Saturday 5 September at 11h00)

SESSION 3: Special focus on the SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL as BirdLife South Africa’s bird of the year 2020 (Saturday 5 September at 14h00)

SESSION 4: Seventeen RARE & VAGRANT RAPTORS of southern Africa (Sunday 6 September at 11h00)

SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to look for raptors in a new area – Participants decide on one case-study on raptors while birding in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK (Sunday 6 September at 14h00)

COURSE: The Secret Worlds of Birds of Prey (Part 2)
DATES: 5 and 6 September 2020 as specified above
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 or WhatsApp at 082 455 8402 or Anton at 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.

The course includes a detailed discussion of the epic migratory flight of Amur Falcons















Threats facing the Secretarybird will be highlighted
A female Amur Falcon at Wakkerstroom









The rare European Hobby. Image by Rynhard van der Merwe
The threatened Southern Banded Snake Eagle. Image by Hennie Storm












There is grave concern about the future of Hooded Vultures
A Booted Eagle in rehabilitation – every bird counts













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