BirdLife Port Natal

BLSA Endorsed Courses.

Dear colleague

Please promote these BirdLife South Africa endorsed courses to bird club members.

Regards

Mark

 

Leopards, lions, wild dogs … and birds, of course

7 March, 2017

Dear Mark,

In February, Monty returned from a fabulous few days in the Lowveld with Duncan McKenzie.  The group saw all of the Big-5 and learned so much about them, as well as the birds, trees, insects and wild flowers of the area.  Monty and Duncan are planning to do the same trip again in March next year.  Details will be published on the website soon.

Our Armchair (online) Courses start later this month, and will kick off with Bird ID for Beginners. Being held online means that everyone all over the country (and the world) can join in the fun, and learn from the comfort of home.

Below are some details.  Click the “read more” buttons for these and all our other courses.

 

Bird ID for Beginners

A comprehensive guide to the birds of South Africa. Geoff Lockwood and Duncan McKenzie are brilliant birders and gifted teachers, and this course is ideal for novices, as well as those who are a little more experienced.

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Pride of the Bushveld

Lions are supreme hunters and the major enemy of other bushveld predators, yet they are dedicated and loving parents. Join Megan Emmett for this one-off lecture, as she explores their complex and fascinating world.

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A Leopard on Your Doorstep

Join Dr Paul Bartels as he shares his experiences and knowledge over this two-evening presentation, looking at leopard behaviour, hunting strategies, conservation status and much more.  Paul played a pivotal role in the saving of Brandy, the famous Magaliesberg leopard, and he’ll be telling us that story.

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Bush Tales …
Here are two short videos we’d like to share with you.  The first is a belated but very charming Valentine story about a lonely ostrich at Londolozi.

Click here

The second is some amazing footage of a stand-off between a pack of wild dogs and some hyenas, one of which came off rather the worse for wear.

Click here

Warm regards to you all, ’till next time.

Monty and Kim Brett

The Outpost, R103, Nottingham Road, Natal Midlands, 033 266-7023, 082 824-9378

Bird Course 11 July 2015

PARADISE VALLEY

We have a rare treat for you! On Saturday 11 July 2015, Adam Riley of Rockjumpers, Pietermaritzurg, will be presenting a half-day course on “The Planet’s Avian Diversity – the bird families of the world”. Adam is extremely well-known, both in the international and national birding world, for his skills in running the incredible explorations that Rockumpers organize worldwide, for his photographic wonders, and for his vast knowledge of birds and his ability to share this knowledge with so many people. His last course on the birds of KZN was packed out, and we expect the same for this one that he has offered to us in eThekwini. Adam has also been associated with BirdLife South Africa for a long while, and was at one time the chair of BirdLife Midlands. We are delighted to offer our members this course.

Venue : Paradise Valley Nature Reserve Conference Centre, Pinetown.

Directions : From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/New Germany turn-off. (Exit 16). Keep left into Eden Road. Follow Eden Road past the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road. The reserve is at the end of the road.

Time: 08h30 – registration.

09h00 – workshop begins

13h00 – workshop ends

Entrance fee : R80 per BirdLife member; R100 per non-member.

Materials : Notebook and pen or pencil, bring binoculars for afterwards. A print-out will be provided.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on arrival and mid-morning. If you would like to stay for lunch afterwards, do please bring your own picnic baskets.

Bookings : Lesley Frescura

galefra@mweb.co.za

083 231 3408

 

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BIRD COURSE 17 MAY 2014

PARADISE VALLEY

On Saturday 17 May 2014 Dave Bishop will be presenting a half-day course on “Woodland and Grassland Birds”. At the end of the morning, you will understand the differences between the two groups, be able to recognize and separate them, have learnt the key characteristics between them.

Please bring your bird guide books as you will be given an opportunity to do your own ID as Dave discusses what to look for.

Brief notes will be handed out, so no real need to bring pen and paper.

Some look alike woodland species plus some specials will be discussed, then you will do a comparison between some similar woodland and grassland species and finally some grassland specials which will obviously include a few of the easier LBJ’s.

It will hopefully be more of a fun rather than a deadly serious learning experience. Dave will do an outing to Shongweni on Sunday 18 March.

Venue : Paradise Valley Nature Reserve Conference Centre,
Pinetown.

Directions : From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/NewGermany turn-off. (Exit 16). Keep left into Eden Road. Follow Eden Roadpast the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road. The reserve is at the endof the road.

Time: 08h30 – registration.

09h00 – workshop begins

13h00 – workshop ends

Entrance fee : R70 per BirdLife member; R90 per non-member.

Materials : Binoculars if you want to wander around afterwards or while you have lunch. Notes will be provided but it is recommended that you use a guide book as well.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on arrival and mid-morning. You are welcome to bring your own picnic baskets, and to have lunch at the conclusion of the workshop.

Saturday 17 May.

Bookings : Lesley Frescura.

email: galefra@mweb.co.za or call 083 231 3408.

Courses offered by Roy Cowgill & Steve Davis

Courses offered by Roy Cowgill & Steve Davis

Dear all,

Your committee has been discussing proposed courses that can be offered by the club in 2014. We are busy processing one for Dave Bishop for April but want to finalise one for July/August for Steve and Roy. They have sent me the attached list of courses that they can do for us, and I would be glad if members who are interested could let me know which ones they would like to attend. We could combine the shorter ones for a day at Paradise Valley or a morning finishing at 13.00.

Kind regards

Lesley

Bird Courses and Talks – Roy Cowgill and Steve Davis

Title
Talk (+/- 1 hr)
Day Course (+/- 4 hr)
Digital
BIRD BASICS AND BEHAVIOUR
Parasitism or Brood Parasites
Migration
Territory and Behaviour
Bird Sounds and Calls
Feathers as Flags
Bird Flight
Why is a bird a bird?

BIRD GROUPS
Warblers and Cisticolas
Swifts and Swallows
Shorebirds
Nightbirds(2 hr)

Look-a-like Birds
HABITATS
Grassland Birds
Forest Birds
Bushveld/Woodland Birds
Waterbirds
Mt Moreland Swallows
Gardening for Birds
Garden Birds and their Calls
Indigenous Garden Planning
BIRDING PLACES
Drakensberg Birds 1/2
Birding in KZN
Birding in the Okavango
Birding in South America
Birding in the Galapagos
Birding in Australia
Birding in Borneo

OTHER
Rare Birds and their Significance
SABAP2

Bird course on 19 October 2013 – Paradise Valley

BIRD COURSE   19 OCTOBER 2013

PARADISE VALLEY

On Saturday 19 October 2013 Roy Cowgill and Steve Davis will be presenting a half-day course on “Swifts and Swallows – making a summer”.  At the end of the morning, you will understand the differences between the two groups, be able to recognize and separate them, have learnt the key characteristics between them, and all of the above by using the 8 Point Framework for identification of these birds.

Venue :                   Paradise Valley Nature Reserve Conference Centre, Pinetown.

Directions : From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/New Germany turn-off.  (Exit 16).  Keep left into Eden Road.  Follow Eden Road past the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road.  The reserve is at the end of the road.

Time:                     08h30 – registration.

09h00 – workshop begins

13h00 – workshop ends

Entrance fee :          R70 per BirdLife member;  R90 per non-member.

Materials : Writing pad and pen or pencil, binoculars for afterwards.  Notes will be provided but it is recommended that you use a guide book as well.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on arrival and mid-morning.  You are welcome to bring your own picnic baskets, and to have lunch at the conclusion of the workshop.

Saturday 19 October

Bookings :  Lesley Frescura

galefra@mweb.co.za

083 231 3408

 

Janet Levy

jclevy@mweb.co.za

083-564-0960

BIRD COURSE 18 MAY 2013 -Forest vs Woodland Birds

Dear all,

Last call for Dave Bishop’s course this coming Saturday.

BIRD COURSE 18 MAY 2013

PARADISE VALLEY

On Saturday 18 May 2013 Dave Bishop will be presenting a half-day course on “Forest vs Woodland Birds”. Dave is extremely well-known for his informative courses and outings, as well as a public speaker of note. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to become more familiar with the birds of our region and those further afield.

On Sunday 19 May there will be a visit to Shongweni Dam or Tala Game reserve (NB entrance fee by credit card at both or Wild/Rhino card only at Shongweni – no cash) at 06h30. This gives you an opportunity to try out your new skills in IDing the birds. We will finish at 10h00 and end with a bring your own breakfast at the picnic site. There may also be a possible weekend trip to Mkuzi following this.

Venue : Paradise Valley Nature Reserve Conference Centre, Pinetown.

Directions : From M13 westbound, take the Stapleton Road/New Germany turn-off. (Exit 16). Keep left into Eden Road. Follow Eden Road past the Blood Bank, turn right into Oxford Road. The reserve is at the end of the road.

Time: 08h30 – registration.

09h00 – workshop begins

13h00 – workshop ends

Entrance fee : R70 per BirdLife member; R90 per non-member.

Materials : Writing pad and pen or pencil, binoculars for
afterwards. Brief notes will be provided but it is recommended that you use
a guide book as well.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available on arrival and mid-morning.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic baskets, and to have lunch at the
conclusion of the workshop.

Bookings :

Lesley Frescura <mailto:galefra@mweb.co.za> galefra@mweb.co.za  or 083 231 3408

Janet Levy <mailto:jclevy@mweb.co.za> jclevy@mweb.co.za   or 083-564-0960

BIRD COURSE 09 FEBRUARY 2013

BIRD COURSE 09 FEBRUARY 2013

DURBAN NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM

On Saturday 09 February 2013 David Allan, Curator of Ornithology, Durban Natural Science Museum and a member and very generous supporter of our club, will be presenting a half-day course on ‘Geographical variation, or subspecies, of southern African birds – the wonders of variation within our bird species’.

The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, the publishers of ‘Roberts Birds of Southern Africa’, has just published a new book in the Roberts ‘stable’ entitled: ‘Roberts Geographical Variation of Southern Africa Birds – A Guide to the Plumage Variation of 612 Bird Races in Southern Africa’, authored by Hugh Chittenden, David Allan and Ingrid Weiersbye. The value, and indeed reality, of subspecies in ornithology has long been debated. Having slipped decidedly from view for several decades, subspecies are now again coming to the fore. The launch of this book, a world first in its field, provides a timely opportunity to re-examine in detail the amazing variation to be found within southern African bird species across their wide ranges. Much of this variation has gone unappreciated by recent generations of birders, who deserve to become re-acquainted with these often striking and puzzling patterns. In addition, knowledge of subspecific differences can be critical in bird identification – as we shall see!

Copies of the book, signed by all three authors, will be available at the course priced well below the recommended retail price

Venue : Durban Natural Science Museum Research Centre

Directions : 151 KE Masinga Road (Old Fort Road), cor Wyatt Road. Safe parking inside off Wyatt Road.

Time: 13h30 – registration.

14h00 – course begins

16h00 – course ends

Entrance fee : R20 per person to cover refreshments and overheads.

Dave will have some of his bird skins out for us to see during the course, and at tea time.

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available at 14h45 when we break, have a chance to look more closely at the skins, and engage with Dave on the subject matter, before returning at 15h15 for the final session.

Don’t miss this great opportunity.

Bookings are essential:

Saturday 09 February 2013

Bookings : Lesley Frescura or Merle Paton

083 231 3408 or  082 4627262

 

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