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"FLYING HIGHER" BIRD APPRECIATION COURSES IN THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR HOME

Posted on the 8th July 2020

Several ‘Flight for Birders’, ‘Flight Higher’ and ‘The Secret Lives of Raptors’ courses by Dr Anton Odendal had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown period. It seems as if we will not be able to do two-day birding courses for groups of birders for some time and it was decided to start presenting webinars via Zoom. The various courses are being adapted to six shorter courses each consisting of five individual one-hour sessions.

Dates for courses already finalised are provided below. The costs of each course will be R300 or R75 per individual session. This will include course notes that will be forwarded electronically.

Registration for these courses can be done at birding@overberg.co.za or mwjasser@mweb.co.za
The summaries of the different courses are as follows:

1. BASIC IDENTIFICATION COURSE FOR GARDEN BIRDS (Second presentation on 27 & 26 July)

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION ON GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – How to start flying with these beautiful creatures and what to look out for when trying to identify a bird

SESSION 2: For the love of GARDEN BIRDS – Getting to know the birds that one will see most often in the area where you live.

SESSION 3: GARDENING FOR BIRDS – Attracting birds and other wildlife to one’s garden.

SESSION 4: The common WATERBIRDS of your region and how to improve your confidence with the identification of birds.

SESSION 5: Where does one find those special birds in one’s area? The BEST BIRDING SPOTS and where to look for those special endemic birds and THE 101 GAME – Getting to know how to identify the different families of birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. THE SECRET LIVES OF BIRDS OF PREY (PART 1) – (Second presentation on 18 and 19 July)

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION and focus on VULTURES

SESSION 2: EAGLES and SNAKE EAGLES

SESSION 3: BUZZARDS, FALCONS, KESTRELS, HARRIERS & KITES

SESSION 4: ACCIPITERS – GOSHAWKS, SPARROWHAWKS and related specieSESSION 5: OWLS & NIGHTJARS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. 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

SESSION 2: Masters of the skies 2 – Our VULTURES in trouble to coincide with INTERNATIONAL VULTURE AWARENESS DAY

SESSION 3: The MIGRATORY BIRDS OF PREY visiting South Africa with a case-study on the plight of the AMUR FALCON

SESSION 4: Seventeen RARE & VAGRANT RAPTORS of southern Africa

SESSION: How to prepare when planning to look for raptors in a new area during summer – Participants decide on one case-study on raptors while birding in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

4. SUMMER MIGRANTS – (To be presented between 19 and 26 August)
SESSION 1: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES

SESSION 2: The epic migratory flight of AMUR FALCONS and basic keys to the identification of the MIGRATORY BIRDS OF PREY

SESSION 3: Basic keys on the identification of SWALLOWS, SWIFTS AND MARTINS in your area / Basic keys on the identification of TERNS in your area

SESSION 4: Basic keys on the identification of the WADERS in your area

SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area during summer – A case-study of the GARDEN ROUTE NATIONAL PARK.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. BIRDS OF WIDE AND OPEN SPACES – TERRESTRIAL BIRDS & THEIR CONSERVATION (See the dates for the next presentation below)

SESSION 1: A celebration of the ENDEMIC TERRESTRIAL BIRD SPECIES of six South African regions. (22 July at 19h00)

SESSION 2: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 1: Larks, pipits and canaries (23 July at 19h00)

SESSION 3: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 2: Warblers, cisticolas and chats (28 July at 19h00)

SESSION 4: “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”: Conservation challenges faced by our bustards and korhane (29 July at 19h00)

SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – Case-study on Birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK (30 July at 19h00)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. COASTAL BIRDS & THEIR CONSERVATION (To be presented between 9 and 16 September)

SESSION 1: A celebration of mostly endemic COASTAL BIRD SPECIES and PELAGIC BIRDING in the Western Cape Province

SESSION 2: Highlighting AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER & WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER nest studies

SESSION 3: BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign – The protection of AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER and WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER NESTS and other projects such as regular coastal clean-up campaigns

SESSION 4: Basic keys on the identification of the WADERS in the area

SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area: A case-study of birding in the WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Images by Anton)

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