From : March 04 2017 08:30
To : March 05 2017 15:30
A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers. The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Dr Anton Odendal will be presented at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve Hall, Hermanus. 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 Tankwa Karoo National Park and the Cape Whale Coast 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 Overstrand region in particular could play in this regard.
The costs include the course notes, a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa and participants will be offered free membership of BirdLife Overberg for 2017 – 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.
Day 1: Saturday, 4 March
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
Day 2: Sunday, 5 March