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A FLIGHT HIGHER BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE

Posted on the 9th October 2019

This year we 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 final format the course is given after we had experimented with a variety of concepts. 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: Celebrating South Africa’s endemic birds

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SESSION 2 – SUMMER MIGRANTS 

13h00 to 13h30: Securing the passage of AMUR FALCONS on their epic migratory flight
13h30 to 14h00: Basic keys on the identification of SWALLOWS, SWIFTS AND MARTINS in your area
14h00 to 14h30: Basic keys on the identification of TERNS in your area
14h30 to 15h30: Basic keys on the identification of the WADERS in your area

The endemic Karoo Scrub-Robin

 

The Southern Black Korhaan dependence on renosterveld habitats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

SESSION 3 - LITTLE BROWN JOBS & OTHERS

09h00 to 10h15: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? What they lose in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour. (Those cryptic birds of our region)
10h15 to 10h30: Tea

10h30 to 11h00: “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”. Our bustards and korhane in trouble

11h00 to 11h30: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES

11h30 to 12h30: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area with lots of LBJs – Participants decide on one case-study on birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

 

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,  PIED CROWS 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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