Birds of Prey Course


Anton Odendal is running a course as per his mail to John;

Dear John,

Hope this finds you well and healthy. We have taken the plunge with online courses and are extremely happy with the reactions to our introductory garden birds course that is currently running. Find attached the announcement of our raptor course that we will be launching at the end of the month. It will be appreciated if you would consider forwarding this to your members, friends and colleagues and encourage them to join in the fun.

Your support of this will be appreciated.

Warm regards.


‘The Secret Worlds of Birds of Prey’ online course

A Course in Birding


John Saunders received this letter, which he asked me to publicise;

Dear John,

Hope this finds you well. It will be appreciated if you would forward this information to your members and request them to get potential novice birders involved in this effort. This is in view of getting more people involved in bird-watching as a hobby and to possibly join bird clubs.

The Covic-19 lockdown period had certainly given us new and exciting perspectives on birds and birding – particularly as far as garden birds are concerned. This had prompted the development of six online bird identification and appreciation courses to get more people involved in bird-watching as a hobby. The contents of our various courses have been adapted for six shorter courses each consisting of five individual one-hour sessions. These are being presented as webinars via Zoom and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.

The first course to be presented will be an identification and appreciation course on garden birds and some common waterbirds to be found close to home. The course will largely focus on Western Cape species, but the principles are applicable generally. The contents and programme schedules can be viewed at this link:

The costs of the course will be R250.00 or R75 per individual session. This will include course notes that will be forwarded electronically. Those interested in attending this course can contact us at or and the registration form will be forwarded to them. Vouchers for participation are also available – this is an ideal gift for those interested in becoming involved in birding and particularly for those of the younger generation. A portion of the income will be donated to BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine project fund.

Information on the second course, “Secret Worlds of Birds of Prey” can be viewed at this link:

Your support of this will be appreciated.

Warm regards.


Dr. Anton Odendal

Training Courses


As a result of the response from the members, we will not be running a Beginners Course and will only run the Advanced Course which will be structured as follows and will be run by Mike Ford.

12 July  Raptors from 09h00 and run all morning

19 July LBJ’s from 09h00 and run all morning

26 July   Waders from 09h00 and run all morning

The cost for all 3 segments which will be inclusive of the course notes will be R350.00.

If you would prefer to only attend one or two sessions the cost will be R150.00per segment.

Mid-morning Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Should you wish to attend please advise Craig at and make payment to the Hermanus Bird Club at FNB Hermanus Br 200412 Acc 62107045892. Limited space available and attendance will be on a first come first served basis.

Waders with Faansie Peacock


Around 40 birders attended the course on Waders presented by Faansie Peacock at the Fernkloof hall today.  He used illustrations from his book as well as many excellent photographs to highlight the diagnostic features which distinguish these often cryptic birds.  By the end of the day everyone present was no doubt full of new knowledge and could not wait to get into the field and put their new skills to the test.

Faansie is an outstanding birder, author, artist and teacher and it was a privilege to be able to spend time with him.  Those who did not attend have missed a wonderful opportunity to expand their birding knowledge.

Bumper October Meeting and Wader Course


Our 18 October meeting will kick off with an early start at 6:15 pm, so as to give us time to honour the founder members of the club – those who were present when it was formed in October 1997 – and they will be presented with Certificates marking their twenty year commitment to the club.

Faansie Peacock will be our guest speaker at the meeting which is at 7:00 pm.  He will be presenting a comedic look at what makes a birder tick (no pun intended!).

Then on the following day (Thursday 19 October) he will present his course on Waders – see the flyers below.  This will be limited to 40 persons and will start at 9:30 for 10:00 am. There will be 2 modules in the morning followed by a lunch break (attendees are asked to bring their own lunch and drinks) and then an afternoon session.  The cost will be R110 per person and those interested must please sign up with Craig asap at

The course should be completed by 3:00 pm

Possible Bird Courses


What on Earth is That

What on Earth is That??

Mike Ford is able to hold some courses and we are asking members to indicate what, if any, course they would like Mike to present.

Here are some suggested courses:

  • Basic Identification for Beginners
  • Bird song and Calls
  • Raptors
  • Little Brown Jobs
  • Migrants – residents and nomads

Please advise Craig at of any suggestions or possible interest.

Date changes for Mike Ford courses


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

Birds in habitats @ De Hoop + Peter Ginn

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.

Next Mike Ford course


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 and he will confirm participation on a first come first served basis.