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COURSES

The Club runs half-day and full-day courses/workshops, usually three or four per year.

Courses are organised by a committee headed up by Johan Schlebusch.

These cover many birding topics; ID courses for tricky species like LBJs, Waders, Raptors and Seabirds, a Beginners ID course for new members.

Other topics including Climate Change, Bird Migration, Bird Evolution, Digital Photography, the Eco Systems of our Sea Shores, Dragonflies & Damselflies have all been covered in the last few years.

Many of these courses have field trips included so that participants can put their newly learned knowledge into practice.

Upcoming

Have a look at the Courses that are coming up in our events calendar

Courses are advertised in Promerops and our enewsletter. Booking is essential, see booking details in the information provided.

Half day course – Francois Levaillant

Presented by Emeritus Professor Ian Glenn. Starting time is 8.30 for 9.00 am Fee: Members R 100.00 Seniors & students R 80.00 Non-members R 120.00 Seniors and students R 100.00 Contact Judith Crosswell on Judith@kingsley.co.za if you wish to attend  

Half day course – Birds of the Mountains & Grasslands

In this course Dr. Melissa Whitecross will give you an ecologist’s guide to birding and unlocking the environmental complexities of the eastern mountains and grasslands of South Africa. Starting time is 8.30 for 9.00 am Fee: Members R 100.00 Seniors & students R 80.00 Non-members R 120.00 Seniors and students R 100.00 Contact Judith Crosswell on Judith@kingsley.co.za if you wish to attend  

Faansie Peacock’s Bushveld Birding Course

  Faansie Peacock is a professional ornithologist, publisher, author, illustrator, designer and speaker – not to be missed! Join Faansie as he ‘walks’ us through the wonderful world of bushveld birding. The iconic birds of the bushveld and their ID features, with emphasis on the more tricky species. The resident species, the migrant species and the vagrants. The habitats of the lowveld, the highveld and all the bushveld in between. Faansie’s brilliant books Pipits of southern Africa, LBJs and Waders will be on sale, along with other books. Fee: Members R100, Seniors and Students R80. Non members R120, Seniors and … Continued

COURSES – Birdwatching for Beginners – Saturday 25 August 2018 – part 4.

COURSES – Birdwatching for Beginners – Sunday 19 August 2018 – part 3.

COURSES – Birdwatching for Beginners – Saturday 18 August 2018 – part 2.

COURSES – Birdwatching for Beginners – Saturday 11 August 2018 – part 1.

COURSES – Endemism in the Fynbos – Speaker Dr Alan Lee.

This is part of the Cape Bird Clubs 70th Anniversary celebration. See more here.

COURSES – Birdwatching for Beginners – part 4.

COURSES – Birdwatching for Beginners – part 3.

SEE BELOW SOME REPORTS OF PAST COURSES

Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Western Cape – the Course

Saturday 12 November 2016 To be honest, I could not tell the difference between a Dragonfly and a Damselfly, before this course… and this is from someone that can separate Lesser Swamp and Little Rush Warblers quite well! Felicity Grundlingh started with this vital point. From then on we were ‘flying’. Did you know Dragonflies have compound eyes with 30 000 lenses and 360 degree vision? The life-cycle and reproduction is quite fascinating with some nymphs staying under water for several years before emerging into adults and only living several months… Many people think they only live for a day. … Continued

Birds, Beaches and Beachbums – Report on course Saturday 20 August 2016

This course presented by Professor George Branch demonstrated just how "our shores are enriched by the ecosystem effects of birds and how important birds are in coastal ecosystems". After a overview participants went to shore at Greenpoint, the tide was perfect, low tide at 10.30h and allowed everyone to explore life on the rocks, collect material to analyse in more detail later. See the photos below of what was collected in dishes to examine and learn more about them. Photographs by Priscilla Beeton and Cathy Jenkins. George, a brilliant presenter, then went on to elaborate more on how rocky-shore life deals … Continued