The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the NG Kerk Dienssentrum, Betty's Bay on 25 & 26 August 2016.
We have been requested to develop regionally specific sections for these courses and this has now been done. The feature on birding destinations will focus on bird-watching opportunities in the wider Betty's Bay and Kleinmond region and the Cape Whale Coast bird finder web page will be practically illustrated highlighting the difficult to identify birds of the region. The section on birding tourism will focus on the critical role that the Western Cape in general and the Overberg region in particular could play in this regard.
The costs (R500) include the course notes and a certificate endorsed by Bird life South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used. In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted. In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide. The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.
What participants should bring along:
- One of the bird guide books (Newman's, SASOL or Robert's), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species.
- Notebook and pen
- Comfortable walking shoes (Second day only)
- Hat and sunscreen (Second day only)
- Lunch picnic basket
You can find the program bellow by the images.