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BIRDING TALKS TO BE ORDERED FOR FORWARDING BY WeTransfer

Posted on the 4th July 2021

BIRDING TALKS TO BE ORDERED FOR FORWARDING BY WeTransfer

The contents of the ‘Flight for Birders’, ‘Flight Higher’ and ‘The Secret Life of Raptors’ courses by Dr Anton Odendal have been adapted for shorter courses. These are pre-recorded and forwarded to participants via WeTransfer. It can therefore be enjoyed in the comfort of one’s home and in one’s own time.

THE ‘FLYING HIGHER’ BIRD IDENTIFICATION COURSES assist birders to become involved in bird-watching as a hobby and to hopefully join a BirdLife South Africa affiliated club. Heavy emphasis is placed on a variety of conservation actions and notes are forwarded to participants electronically.

THE GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING LECTURE SERIES is aimed at celebrating bird-watching opportunities at some of South Africa’s top birding destinations. Several National Parks and public and private nature reserves are being featured. The rationale behind this series is to enjoy many brilliant species to be found in these areas in the comfort of one’s home and to give guidelines on how to prepare for day-visits and extended visits when these areas are visited.

All of these individual talks are available for forwarding by WeTransfer at R 100.00 per copy and can be ordered from Elaine at mwjasser@mweb.co.za or 082 455 8402. See details below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



THE ‘FLYING HIGHER’ BIRD IDENTIFICATION COURSES

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.

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 & BROWN CANARIES.

SESSION 3: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? Part 2: WARBLERS, CISTICOLAS & CHATS .

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

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.

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

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

THE ‘GETTING MORE OUT OF BIRDING’ LECTURE SERIES FOCUSSING ON BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES AT SPECIFIC SITES

6. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 1: EXTENDED SESSION: Birding opportunities in THE NORTH OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – Shingwedzi, Punda Maria, the Pafuri region and more.

SESSION 2: Birding in the SOUTHERN SECTION OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SESSIOIN 3: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area during summer – A case-study of the summer migrants of the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 4: Birding during winter months 1: THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 5: Birding during winter months 2: PUNDA MARIA

SESSION 6: Birding during winter months 3: THE PAFURI REGION

SESSION 7: Discovering the MAPUNGUPWE NATIONAL PARK

7. KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK AND AUGRABIES NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 1: Birding in the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK (Part 1) – RAPTORS

SESSION 2: Birding in the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK (Part 2) – Much more than just birds of prey

SESSION 3: Birding during winter months: KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

SESSION 4: Birding in the AUGRABIES NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 5: Birding during winter months: AUGRABIES NATIONAL PARK

8. THE BROADER KAROO AND KLEIN KAROO (ROUTE 62)

SESSION 1: How to prepare to go birding in the KAROO NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 2: Birding during winter months: KAROO NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 3: Birding opportunities in the greater Karoo region (Part 1) – Birding around homesteads and thickets along water

SESSION 4: Birding opportunities in the greater Karoo region (Part 2) – Birding in the open veld and in mountainous areas

SESSION 5: Birding opportunities along Route 62 – The hugely underrated Klein Karoo

SESSION 6: Birding opportunities in the Langeberg local municipal region – McGregor, Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton and Montagu

9. OVERBERG REGION

SESSION 1: Birding at the famous ROOIELS site, the HAROLD PORTER Botanical Gardens and the FERNKLOOF Nature Reserve

SESSION 2: Birding along the OVERSTRAND COASTLINE

SESSION 3: Birding along the CAPE OVERBERG WHEATBELT

SESSION 4: Winter birding along the CAPE OVERBERG WHEATBELT highlighting the AGULHAS and BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARKS

SESSION 5: Birding in the greater SWELLENDAM region that includes the De Hoop Nature Reserve

SESSION 6: Birding opportunities in the AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 7: Birding opportunities at the DE MOND NATURE RESERVE

SESSION 8: The CAPE ROCK-JUMPER as the Bird of the year – Interesting perspectives on climate change

SESSION 9: The impact of climate change on FYNBOS ENDEMIC BIRD SPECIES

10. THE GARDEN ROUTE

SESSION 1: Birding in the TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK and at NATURE’S VALLEY

SESSION 2: Winter birding at the TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK and at NATURE’S VALLEY

SESSION 3: Birding opportunities at the WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK focusing on Ebb & Flow

SESSION 4: Birding opportunities at the WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK focusing on the lakes system

SESSION 5: FOREST BIRDING IN THE WESTERN CAPE featuring Nature’s Valley, Ebb & Flow at Wilderness and the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve near Swellendam

11. CAPE WEST COAST AND THE TANKWA KAROO

SESSION 1: The WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK in winter and spring – much more than just waders

SESSION 2: Birding opportunities at VELDDRIF AND ENVIRONS – THE BERG RIVER ESTUARY

SESSION 3: Birding opportunities in the CEDERBERG WILDERNESS AREA

SESSION 4: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – Case-study on Birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 5: Birding in the TANKWA KAROO – Birding along the R355 and the P2250 gravel roads

SESSION 6: Birding during winter months: TRAVELLING THROUGH THE TANKWA KAROO

12. KWAZULU-NATAL, WAKKERSTROOM & GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARK

SESSION 1: How to prepare when planning to look for raptors in a new area during summer – A case-study of birdingopportunities in several reserves in ZULULAND: The Umlalazi Nature Reserve at Mtunzini and the Mkhuze and Ndumu Game Reserves are featured.

SESSION 2: Birding in the WAKKERSTROOM DISTRICT

SESSION 3: Birding in the NDUMU GAME RESERVE

SESSION 4: Birding in the MTUNZINI REGION including the Umlalazi Nature Reserve and Ngoye and Dlinza forests

SESSION 5: Birding in the eastern Drakensberg region focusing on the GIANT’S CASTLE NATURE RESERVE

SESSION 6: Winter birding along the Drakensberg region with a focus on the GOLGEN GATE HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK and the GIANT’S CASTLE NATURE RESERVE

SESSION 7: Birding in the GOLDEN GATE HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Images by Anton)

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