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A Bird Identification Course For Novice And Intermediate Bird-watchers:

Where? NG Plett Church Hall, Plettenberg Bay   
When? 5 and 6 September 2013

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the NG Plett Church Hall on 5 and 6 September 2013. The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used.   The contents of the course get updated every second year and this has now been done – 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.

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'n VoŽlidentifikasiekursus Vir Beginners En Meer Ervare VoŽlkykers

Waar? NG Plett Kerksaal, Plettenbergbaai
Wanneer? 5 en 6 September 2013

Die 'Flight for Birders' voëlidentifikasiekursus deur Dr. Anton Odendal word op  5 en 6  September 2013 in Plett aangebied.  Die kostes van die kursus sluit 'n handleiding en 'n sertifikaat wat deur BirdLife Suid Afrika onderskryf is in – rofweg 1,600 foto's en illustrasies word gebruik.  In sommige gevalle word verwarrende en soortgelyke spesies saam in skyfies aangebied om verskille uit te wys.  In die meeste gevalle word die Afrikaanse en Engelse name van spesies ook op skyfies weergegee.  Die ontwikkeling van 'n infrastruktuur vir voëlkyktoerisme op plaaslike vlakke word ook beklemtoon.  Swaar klem word geplaas op die basiese stappe wat gevolg moet word om voëls te identifiseer, die beste plekke om raar en soms endemiese spesies te kry word bespreek en deelnemers word deurlopend aangemoedig om betrokke te raak in die bewaring van voëls en hul habitatte. 

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The De Hoop Stretton's - Stanford Bird Fair Photographic Competition 2013

The De Hoop Stretton’s - Stanford’s 9th Bird Fair will be bigger and better than ever – and promises an improved photographic competition jointly sponsored by De Hoop and Stretton’s.

This competition is now open to serious and amateur photographers, both locally and internationally. The subject matter is Birds of Southern Africa and there are three categories - professional, serious, and open category/blue crane.

We are excited to announce a new category of blue crane photography. As this exquisite bird is an endangered species in the Overberg region, we feel it requires special focus and attention.

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Monthly Talk In June: Sally Hofmeyer On The Plight Of The Southern Black Korhaan

BirdLife Overberg's monthly talk in June will focus on the Southern Black Korhaan.  Sally Hofmeyer had just completed her doctoral studies on this threatened species and will highlight several conservation issues facing the bird.  A bustard and korhaan working group had recently been formed by BirdLife South Africa and several other conservation agencies, illustrating the many problems facing this often misunderstood group of birds.

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Flight For Birders


23 and 24 MAY 2013

“Flight for Birders” was developed to assist novices and experienced bird-watchers to become involved in bird-watching in a practical and sustainable way. Basic steps in the identification of birds will be highlighted and the identification of garden birds, water birds, birds of prey and more difficult species such as swallows, waders and “little brown jobs” will be discussed systematically.

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