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A FLIGHT HIGHER BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE

Posted on the 21st May 2019

We have recently launched “A FLIGHT HIGHER”, a bird appreciation course designed for intermediate and more experienced bird-watchers. We are extremely happy with the outcomes of this course and herewith illustrate the contents – the full programme of the course is given. The contents can however be adapted to address specific needs of participants and in each case the course will largely focus on the region where it is being presented.

A FLIGHT HIGHER: COURSE CONTENTS AND PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 

DAY 1:
08h30 to 09h00: Registration

SESSION 1: MASTERS OF THE SKIES – BIRDS OF PREY
09h00 to 10h00: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – How does one start flying with these beautiful creatures? Celebrating the SECRETARYBIRD as Bird of the Year

10h00 to 10h15: Tea

10h15 to 11h45: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region

11h45 to 12h00: What type of bird of prey is that flying over me?

12h00 to 12h30: Focus on OWLS, NIGHTJARS and a few other birds of the night

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

Greater Kestrel in the Tankwa Karoo
Focus on the threats facing our vultures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SESSION 2 – LITTLE BROWN JOBS

13h00 to 14h30: Are the “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” of our region really that bad? A celebration of larks, pipits and other brownish/ greyish things. 

14h30 to 15h00: “Inglorious Bustards – The Crazy Gang in trouble”. Reflections on our Bustards and Korhane.

15h00 to 16h00: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area with lots of LBJs, bustards and raptors – Participants decide on one of the following three talks: Birding in the TANKWA KAROO/ Birding in the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK/ Birding in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK.

The endemic Karoo Scrub-Robin
The Southern Black Korhaan dependence on renosterveld habitats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2:
08h45 to 09h00: Coffee and tea

SESSION 3 - SUMMER MIGRANTS

09h00 to 09h30: Securing the safe passage for AMUR FALCONS on its epic migratory flight

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: A focus on CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC families

The epic migratory flight on the Amur Falcon
The Common Greenshank is a common summer migrant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SESSION 4 – GETTING INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION ACTIONS ON THE GROUND

13h00 to 14h00: For the love of one’s GARDEN – Planning one’s garden to attract birds and other wildlife

14h00 to 14h30: Participants decide on two case-studies of conservation campaigns to be discussed and illustrated – These could be on the AFRICAN PENGUINS, ALBATROSSES, LESSER FLAMINGOS or SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILLS

14h30 to 15h00: BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine campaign – Protecting AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER and WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER nests and an illustration of projects combating MARINE POLLUTION

15h00 to 15h30: The regional bird-watching brag session – Some of the BEST BIRDING SPOTS in the region and where to look for those special birds.
16h00+: Closure.

Contact Anton at birding@overberg.co.za or Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za if you want “A FLIGHT HIGHER” to be presented in your area.

Focus on our CleanMarine campaign
Setting up fishingline bins along our coastline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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