OVERVIEW OF FUTURE ONLINE FLYING HIGHER BIRDING COURSESPosted on the 1st October 2020
The contents of the ‘Flight for Birders’, ‘Flight Higher’ and ‘The Secret Life of Raptors’ courses by Dr Anton Odendal have been adapted for several shorter courses each consisting of five individual one-hour sessions. These are being presented online via Zoom and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Course notes are forwarded electronically in most cases. Emergency measures are in pace to cope with breaks in internet connectivity or load-shedding.
Also note that most of the eight courses discussed below can be purchased at R 500.00 per course or individual talks at R 100.00 per talk. These will then be forwarded by WeTransfer once payment has been received. Contact Anton at firstname.lastname@example.org in this regard.
The summaries of the different courses, together with the dates when these will be presented next are as follows:
1. BASIC IDENTIFICATION COURSE FOR GARDEN BIRDS (To be presented early in 2021)
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 101 GAME: Getting to know how to identify the different families of birds.
2. BIRDS OF WIDE AND OPEN SPACES – TERRESTRIAL BIRDS & THEIR CONSERVATION (The next course to be presented from 27 October to 4 November 2020)
SESSION 1: A celebration of the ENDEMIC TERRESTRIAL BIRD SPECIES of eight South African regions. (27 October 2020)
SESSION 2: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 1: Larks, pipits and the brown canaries (28 October 2020)
SESSION 3: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 2: Warblers, cisticolas and chats (29 October 2020)
SESSION 4: “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”: Conservation challenges faced by our bustards and korhane (3 November 2020)
SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – Case-study on Birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK (4 November 2020)
3. SUMMER MIGRANTS (The next course to be presented between 10 and 18 November 2020)
SESSION 1: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES (Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 2: The epic migratory flight of AMUR FALCONS and basic keys to the identification of the MIGRATORY BIRDS OF PREY (Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 19h00)
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 (Thursday 12 November 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 4: Basic keys on the identification of the WADERS in your area (Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area during summer – A case-study of the other summer migrants of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK. (Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 19h00)
4. THE SECRET WORLDS OF BIRDS OF PREY (PART 1) – (The next course to be presented between 13 and 21 October 2020)
SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION and focus on VULTURES (Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 2: EAGLES and SNAKE EAGLES (Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 3: BUZZARDS, FALCONS, KESTRELS, HARRIERS & KITES (Thursday 15 October at 19h00)
SESSION 4: ACCIPITERS – GOSHAWKS, SPARROWHAWKS and related species (Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 5: OWLS & NIGHTJARS (Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 19h00)
5. THE SECRET WORLDS OF BIRDS OF PREY (PART 2) – (The next course to be presented early in 2021)
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
SESSION 3: Special focus on the SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL as BirdLife South Africa’s bird of the year 2020. The talk also includes an overview of the other hornbills of Southern Africa.
SESSION 4: Seventeen RARE & VAGRANT RAPTORS of southern Africa
SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to look for raptors in a new area during summer – A case-study of birding opportunities in several reserves in Zululand. The Umlalazi Nature Reserve at Mtunzini, the Mkhuze and Ndumo Game Reserves, the Tembe Elephant Park and Kosi Bay are featured.
6. THE GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES (PART 1) (Single talks can be ordered and we will forward it via WeTransfer)
SESSION 1: Our favourite Kruger National Park birding experiences
SESSION 2: The West Coast National Park in winter and spring – much more than just waders
SESSION 3: Birding in the Tankwa Karoo – Birding along the R355 and the P2250 gravel roads
SESSION 4: How to prepare to go birding in the Karoo National Park
SESSION 5: Birding at the De Mond Nature Reserve – The Western Cape’s hidden gem
7. THE GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES (PART 2) (Single talks can be ordered and we will forward it via WeTransfer)
SESSION 1: Birding in Maputaland in the north of KZN
SESSION 2: Birding along the Cape Overberg Wheatbelt
SESSION 3: Birding at Rooiels, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (Monday 12 October 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 4: Birding along the Overstrand Coastline (Monday 19 October 2020 at 19h00)
SESSION 5: Forest Birding in the Western Cape (Monday 26 October 2020 at 19h00)
NOTE: A special talk reviewing birding opportunities in the Overstrand Local Municipal region (Cape Whale Coast) will be presented on Monday 30 November – details to follow
8. COASTAL BIRDS & THEIR CONSERVATION (To be presented during the summer)
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
SESSION 4: The war against plastics in our oceans and other projects such as regular coastal clean-up campaigns
SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area: A case-study of birding at the top coastal birding destinations of the Western Cape Province
(Images by Anton)