THE GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES: OVERBERG WHEATBELT BIRDING
Happening on the 28th September 2020
The online FLYING HIGHER bird identification and appreciation series continues with individual talks highlighting top bird-watching destinations. The GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES is aimed at assisting visitors and locals alike to enjoy birding at specific regions, National Parks and nature reserves. The rationale behind this series is to highlight many brilliant species to be found at these localities in the comfort of one’s home and to give guidelines on how to prepare for visits to these wonderful places. The sixth talk in this series is on Monday 28 September and will focus on birding opportunities along the Overberg Wheatbelt.
The Overberg in spring
Blue Cranes in the wheat fields
The Overberg Wheatbelt is recognised as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (SA 115) and Key Biodiversity Area by BirdLife International and connects the towns of Caledon in the west and Riversdale in the east with Bredasdorp, Napier and Cape Agulhas to the south. The Overberg Wheatbelt has been modified through agricultural activities and rambling country roads thread their way through an ever-undulating tapestry of changing colours and hues in these lowland landscapes. One would think that such a monoculture landscape would not support good bird-watching, but this is certainly not the case. Many of these so-called Overberg Wheatbelt loop roads can be used very effectively for fantastic birding when travelling between the N2 highway and the better known birding destinations such as the Bontebok and Agulhas National Parks and the De Hoop and De Mond Nature Reserves. Small pockets of remnant fynbos, renosterveld and indigenous forests, as well as open water also increase the species diversity of the area.
Southern Black Korhaan
Agulhas Long-billed Lark
he talk will illustrate some of the special and often endemic species that one can expect to find in the region and recommended gravel roads will be discussed. The talk will also be supported with extensive notes also describing many other species that are not featured in the talk. This can be downloaded from the BirdLife Overberg website.
COURSE: The Getting More out of Birding Lecture Series (Part 6) – Birding opportunities along the Overberg Wheatbelt
DATE AND TIME: Monday 28 September at 19h00
COSTS: R 75.00 per person.
NOTE: Gift vouchers to attend the talk are available – an ideal gift for budding and even more experienced birders.
FORMAT: The course is presented online via Zoom – If required participants will be assisted to be able to take part using Zoom. The Zoom registration link will be forwarded to all registered participants on the day of the presentation.
REGISTRATION: Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp at 082 455 8402 or Anton at email@example.com or WhatsApp at 082 550 3347 to register or to obtain more information.