Happening from the 20th August 2022 to 21st August 2022

FLIGHT HIGHER 2022 BY ANTON ODENDAL: A bird identification and conservation course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers
Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus
20 & 21 August 2022

We have received many requests to again start with live courses after two years of Zoom presentations or forwarding talks with WeTransfer. BirdLife Overberg’s drive to expose more people to the wonderful world of birds and bird-watching through live courses start at Hermanus on 20 & 21 August when the Flight Higher 2022 identification & conservation course will be presented. It is presented by Dr Anton Odendal, a BirdLife South Africa accredited course provider. The course has been revised and now consists of equal thirds of bird identification, birding tourism and conservation issues. We emphasise how ordinary bird-watchers could become more involved in birding and birding conservation actions. The course now also includes details of top birding destinations where in the region where the course is being presented and highlights the problems that Cape Gannets, the BLSA Bird of the Year, are facing. The course ends with an overview on how one prepares to visit a new area and choices are given to participants on the destination to be featured.

People working in the tourism and conservation industries, as well as novice and more experienced bird-watchers should be encouraged to participate. The costs of the course include coffee and tea and basic background notes. Gift vouchers to attend the course are available – an ideal gift for budding birders.

DAY 1: Saturday 20 August
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00: Registration and tea/ coffee
09h00 to 10h00: INTRODUCTION ON GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – What to look out for when trying to identify a bird
10h00 to 11h00: For the love of GARDEN BIRDS – Getting to know the birds that one will see most often.
11h00 to 11h15: Tea
11h15 to 12h00: GARDEN BIRDS CONTINUED and GARDENING FOR BIRDS – Attracting birds and other wildlife to one’s garden.
12h00 to 12h30: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h15: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region (Continued)
14h15 to 14h30: OWLS AND NIGHTJARS of the Western Cape
14h30 to 15h30: WHERE TO BIRD LOCALLY – Case-study on top birding destinations in the area where the course is being presented
15h30 to 16h30: The art of deception – celebrating the BROOD PARASITES and their hosts. (On the tricks that cuckoos, whydahs and honeyguides are up to).
(Note that the practical outing will be done after day 1 or before day 2 depending on weather conditions)

DAY 2: Sunday 21 August
08h45 to 09h00: Coffee and tea
09h00 to 10h15: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” of the Western Cape Province really that bad? What they lack in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour.
10h15 to 10h30: Tea
10h30 to 11h30: Summer migrants – An introduction to WADERS AND TERNS of our area
11h30 to 11h45: Basic keys on the identification of SWALLOWS, SWIFTS AND MARTINS in one’s area
11h45 to 12h30: RESIDENT BIRDS ASSOCIATED WITH WATER: The easiest stuff
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h00: The Cape Gannet as Bird of the Year 2022
14h00 to 15h00: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – a case-study of birding in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK or A celebration of the ENDEMIC TERRESTRIAL BIRD SPECIES of seven South African regions. (Participants will vote on the talk to be presented)
15h00 to 15h30: THE 101 GAME – Getting to know the different families of birds.
15h30+: Closure.

DATES: 20 & 21 August 2022
VENUE: Fernkloof Nature Reserve Hall, Hermanus
COSTS: R 650-00 that include the course notes, a practical outing and coffe and tea
Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are available: an ideal gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular.
Contact Anton at or WhatsApp at 082 550 3347. All further queries could also be forwarded to Anton.

Ground Woodpecker














White-throated Swallow
White-faced Whistling Ducks










Little Stint
Black-chested Snake Eagle















(Images by Anton)


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