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

Posted on the 25th May 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 R250 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 WESTERN CAPE BIRDING 

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION ON GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – Basic principles to our approach and how to start identifying a bird: Wednesday 17 June at 19h00

SESSION 2: For the love of GARDEN BIRDS – Getting to know the birds that one will see most often in the Western Cape Province: Thursday 18 June at 19h00

SESSION 3: GARDENING FOR BIRDS – Attracting birds and other wildlife to one’s garden: Tuesday 23 June at 19h00

SESSION 4: Common WATERBIRDS of your region – DUCKS and HERONS: Wednesday 24 June at 19h00

SESSION 5: Where does one find those special birds in one’s area? The BEST BIRDING SPOTS and where to look for those special and often endemic birds: Thursday 25 June at 19h00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. THE SECRET LIFE OF SOME BIRDS OF PREY (PART 1) 

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION and focus on VULTURES: Monday 29 June

SESSION 2: EAGLES and SNAKE-EAGLES: Wednesday 1 July

SESSION 3: FALCONS, KESTRELS, HARRIERS & KITES: Thursday 2 July

SESSION 4: ACCIPITERS – GOSHAWKS, SPARROWHAWKS and related species: Monday 6 July

SESSION 5: OWLS & NIGHTJARS: Tuesday 7 July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. THE SECRET LIFE OF SOME BIRDS OF PREY (PART 2) 

SESSION 1: Typical conservation problems faced by Birds of Prey – The SECRETARYBIRD as a CASE-STUDY 

SESSION 2: Our VULTURES in trouble

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 5: How to prepare when planning to look for raptors in a new area – A case-study of wonderful bird of prey encounters in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

4. A CELEBRATION OF OUR SUMMER MIGRANTS
SESSION 1: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES

SESSION 2: 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 – Participants decide on one case-study on birding in the following National Parks to choose from TANKWA, KRUGER, TSITSIKAMMA or WEST COAST NATIONAL PARKS or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. TERRESTRIAL BIRDS OF THE WESTERN CAPE & THEIR CONSERVATION 

SESSION 1: A celebration of some ENDEMIC TERRESTRIAL BIRD SPECIES of the Western Cape Province

SESSION 2: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? (Part 1: LARKS, PIPITS AND CANARIES) An introduction to those cryptic birds of our region

SESSION 3: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? (Part 2: WARBLERS, CISTICOLAS, SCRUB ROBINS AND CHATS) An introduction to those cryptic birds of our region

SESSION 4: “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”

SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – Participants decide on one case-study on birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. COASTAL BIRDS & THEIR CONSERVATION 

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

SESSION 2: Problems faced by beach breeding birds: 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 COMMON 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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