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ORDER RECORDINGS OF ONLINE FLYING HIGHER BIRDING COURSES FOR VIEWING IN YOUR OWN TIME

Posted on the 15th October 2020

Several requests are being received for the purchase of recordings of courses or individual talks forming part of the online “Flying Higher” presentations. These can now be ordered at R 500.00 per course or R 100.00 per individual talk. These will then be forwarded by WeTransfer once payment has been received. Contact Anton at birding@overberg.co.za in this regard.

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.

The summaries of the different courses that could be ordered are as follows:

1. BASIC IDENTIFICATION COURSE FOR GARDEN BIRDS 

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 one lives. 

SESSION 3: GARDENING FOR BIRDS – An introduction to 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. 

Cape Spurfowl
Karoo Prinia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. BIRDS OF WIDE AND OPEN SPACES – TERRESTRIAL BIRDS & THEIR CONSERVATION:

SESSION 1: A celebration of the ENDEMIC TERRESTRIAL BIRD SPECIES of eight South African regions.

SESSION 2: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 1: Larks, pipits and the brown canaries 

SESSION 3: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 2: Warblers, cisticolas and chats 

SESSION 4: “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”: Conservation challenges faced by our bustards and korhane 

SESSION 5: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – Case-study on Birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK 

Large-billed Lark
Southern Black Korhaan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. SUMMER MIGRANTS
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 one’s area / Basic keys on the identification of TERNS in one’s area

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

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.

Common Ringed Plover
European Roller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. THE SECRET WORLDS OF BIRDS OF PREY (PART 1) 

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 species

SESSION 5: OWLS & NIGHTJARS 

African Marsh Harrier
Lanner Falcon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. THE SECRET WORLDS OF BIRDS OF PREY (PART 2) 

SESSION 1: Masters of the skies 1 – Introduction and focus on the SECRETARYBIRD and 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 and the Mkhuze and Ndumo Game Reserves are featured. 

Yellow-billed Kite
Young Forest Buzzards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. THE GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES – A FOCUS ON BIRDING IN NATIONAL PARKS (PART 1) 

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) 

SESSION 1: Birding in Maputaland in the north of KZN

SESSION 2: Birding along the Cape Overberg Wheatbelt

SESSION 3: Birding at the famous Rooiels site, the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve

SESSION 4: Birding along the Overstrand Coastline

SESSION 5: Forest Birding in the Western Cape featuring Nature’s Valley, Ebb & Flow at Wilderness and the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

NOTE: A special talk reviewing birding opportunities in the Overstrand Local Municipal region (Cape Whale Coast) will be presented soon

View over Walker Bay from the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. THE GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES – A FOCUS ON BIRDING IN NATIONAL PARKS (PART 3) (To be presented at the end of November)

SESSION 1: Birding in the southern section of the Kruger National Park 

SESSION 2: Birding in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Part 1 

SESSION 3: Birding in the Tsitsikamma National Park 

SESSION 4: Forest birding in the Garden Route National Park – From Nature’s Valley to Wilderness

SESSION 5: Birding in the Bontebok and Agulhas National Parks 

Tawnt Eagle in the Kruger National Park
Secretarybird in the Kgalagadi TFP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. 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

African Black Oystercatcher
White-fronted Plover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Images by Anton Odendal)

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