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BIRDING TALKS TO BE ORDERED FOR FORWARDING BY WeTransfer

Posted on the 15th February 2021

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 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.

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.

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.

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

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
• EXTENDED SESSION: Birding opportunities in THE NORTH OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – Shingwedzi, Punda Maria, the Pafuri region and more.
• Birding in the SOUTHERN SECTION OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
• Our favourite KRUGER NATIONAL PARK birding experiences
• 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
• Birding opportunities in the MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK

KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK AND AUGRABIES NATIONAL PARK
• Birding in the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK – Part 1 (RAPTORS)
• Birding in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Part 2) – Much more than just birds of prey
• Birding in the AUGRABIES NATIONAL PARK 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



THE BROADER KAROO AND KLEIN KAROO
• How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – Case-study on Birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK
• Birding in the TANKWA KAROO – Birding along the R355 and the P2250 gravel roads
• How to prepare to go birding in the KAROO NATIONAL PARK
• Birding opportunities in the greater Karoo region (Part 1) – Birding around homesteads and thickets along water
• Birding opportunities in the greater Karoo region (Part 2) – Birding in the open veld and in mountainous areas
• Birding opportunities along Route 62 – the hugely underrated Klein Karoo
• Birding opportunities in the Langeberg local municipal region – McGregor, Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton and Montagu

OVERBERG REGION

• Birding at the famous ROOIELS site, the HAROLD PORTER Botanical Gardens and the FERNKLOOF Nature Reserve
• Birding along the OVERSTRAND COASTLINE
• Birding along the CAPE OVERBERG WHEATBELT
• Birding at the DE MOND NATIONAL PARK – The Western Cape’s hidden gem
• Birding in the BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK near Swellendam
• Birding in the greater SWELLENDAM region that includes the De Hoop Nature Reserve
• Birding in the AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK
• The CAPE ROCK-JUMPER as the Bird of the year – Interesting perspectives on climate change
• FOREST BIRDING IN THE WESTERN CAPE featuring Nature’s Valley, Ebb & Flow at Wilderness and the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve near Swellendam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE GARDEN ROUTE
• Birding in the TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK and at NATURE’S VALLEY
• Birding opportunities at the WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK focusing on Ebb & Flow
• Birding opportunities at the WILDERNESS NATIONAL PARK focusing on the lakes system
• FOREST BIRDING IN THE WESTERN CAPE featuring Nature’s Valley, Ebb & Flow at Wilderness and the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve near Swellendam

KWAZULU-NATAL
• 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.
• Birding in the WAKKERSTROOM DISTRICT
• Birding in the NDUMU GAME RESERVE
• Birding in the MTUNZINI REGION including the Umlalazi Nature Reserve and Ngoye and Dlinza forests
• Birding in the eastern Drakansberg region focusing on the GIANT’S CASTLE NATURE RESERVE
• Birding in the GOLDEN GATE HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK

CAPE WEST COAST
• The WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK in winter and spring – much more than just waders
• Birding opportunities at VELDDRIF AND ENVIRONS
• Birding opportunities in the CEDERBERG WILDERNESS AREA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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 

 

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