The two bird identification courses to be presented by Mike Ford this year had to be rescheduled because Mike has to depart earlier on his Ethiopia trip.
The Basic Identification Course for Beginners was moved to Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October, and the more advanced course on Tricky Little Passerines to Tuesday 11 October.
The basic course, spread over two mornings, is designed to bring some structure to southern African bird identification to inexperienced or less confident birders. The course covers the seven main aspects of identification and is accompanied by audio-visual aids and printed notes.
The course runs from 09:00 until 12:30. The venue is the Fernkloof Hall. Please bring along your favourite bird guide and/or phone/iPad app.
The more advanced course is aimed at birders who have mastered the basics of identification, but who have still not sorted out those little brown jobs. The course will cover Cisticolas, Larks, Pipits and Warblers of South Africa.
This course runs from 09:00 until 13:00 at the Fernkloof Hall. Audio-visual support and printed notes will be provided.
For both courses, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during the mid-morning break.
The cost is R110 per course for Club members and R125 for non-members. Please book with Peta McAdam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A birding programme suitable for the usually unpredictable winter weather has been arranged at De Hoop Nature Reserve for the second week in June.
The programme, Local Birds in Local Habitats, comprising guided bird walks outdoors and lectures, presentations and discussions indoors, will be presented by Peter Ginn, experienced birder, author and tour operator from George. His latest coffee-table book, The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa, co-edited with Geoff McIlleron from Nature’s Valley, was published last year.
Accommodation for the birding programme over five nights from Sunday 7 June to Fruday 12 June will be provided by De Hoop Collection.
Details of the programme, including costs, can be found at Peter Ginn Birding Itinerary – June 2015.
Mike Ford is going to be doing another of his excellent special courses. The title is Difficult Species – Key Identification Factors. This will be held on the 11th and 12th September between 9 and 12 each day. The cost is R110.00 for members. If you wish to attend please email Craig Holmes at email@example.com and he will confirm participation on a first come first served basis.
Just a few days to go until Cape Bird Club Beginners’ Course!
Even if you are not an absolute beginner birder, but feel you have missed out on some of the basics along the way, then this course could be for you. People have remarked to me that they have attended Heather’s courses several times and have learnt new things and helpful tips each time.
The course, presented by Heather Howell (vice-president of CBC) extends over 3 Saturday mornings plus 1 Sunday outing:
Sat. 24 Aug. – An introduction to Waterbirds, covering 27 birds
– Adaptations of beaks and feet explained
– Key identification points and interesting facts
– How to choose and use binoculars and field guides
Sat. 31 Aug. – How to observe an unknown bird
– How to find it in the field guide
Sun. 1 Sept. – Field outing False Bay Eco Park – in small groups with experienced leaders
Sat. 7 Sept. – More on identification, introducing some passerines.
Time: 9am to 1pm (tea break 10.30am-11am)
Venue: Herschel Girls Prep. School, Kenmar Crescent (off Herschel Road), Claremont
Course Fee: Club Members R200 Non Members R230
Contact: Priscilla Beeton firstname.lastname@example.org