Flight for Birders Course

Fri, 09/03/2018, 08H30 - Sat, 10/03/2018, 15H30

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Dr Anton Odendal will be presented at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus on 9 & 10 March 2018. This course is aimed at bird-watchers from the greater Overberg region. We have been requested to develop regionally specific sections for this course and this has now been done. The feature on birding destinations will focus on bird-watching opportunities in the Overberg region and the Cape Whale Coast region birdfinder 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.

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R550 - that include the course notes & certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa.

  • Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now also available: an ideal gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular. 

DAY 1: Friday 9 March
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).

  • 08h30 to 09h00: Registration 
  • 09h00 to 10h00: The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird. 
  • 10h00 to 10h15: Tea
  • 10h15 to 11h15: The identification of garden birds
  • 11h15 to 12h30: The Art of Deception - A special focus on the brood parasites of southern Africa and their host species.
  • 12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
  • 13h00 to 14h00: How to prepare when visiting a new birding area: Illustrating the Cape Whale Coast birdfinder web-page.
  • 14h00 to 14h30: A focus on birding tourism - the critical role that the Western Cape Province in general and the Overberg region in particular could play in this regard.
  • 14h30 to 15h15: How to prepare before visiting a new area.
  • 15h15 to 16h00: An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa: what are conservation agencies trying to do about the problem through conservation programs and how can ordinary birders help? 

1. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS.
2. BLSA's ALBATROSS Task Force.
3. BirdLife Overberg conservation programs on the Overstrand coastline & estuaries. 

DAY 2: Saturday 10 March

  • 08h45 to 09h00: Coffee and tea
  • 09h00 to 10h15: Those difficult to identify species - the “Little Brown Jobs” of the Western Cape.
  • 10h15 to 10h30: Tea
  • 10h30 to 11h00: The identification of birds of prey.
  • 11h00 to 11h45: The identification of birds of prey (Continued).
  • 11h45 to 12h30: A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa.
  • 12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
  • 13h00 to 14h00: The identification of the fairly common waterbirds in the Western Cape. 
  • 14h00 to 15h00: Focus on the swallows, swifts & martins of the Western Cape.
  • 15h00 to 15h30: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify - how to distinguish between the various families of birds. (An open-ended discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).
  • 15h30+: Closure


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