Join us for a raptor ID course
Want to know the difference between a Buzzard and an Eagle? Or frustrated by seeing something fly over and you have no clue where to start? Durban and surrounds residents .....be sure join us for an exciting "Introduction to Raptor Identification" course, by Tammy Caine from FreeMe, KZN.
Date: 16 March 2019 (10h00-15h00)
Venue: Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Durban
Cost: R600 per person (includes light lunch, teas / coffee, course notes and certificate)
What you will learn:
The Introduction to Raptor Identification Course is designed to help enthusiasts get to the correct group of raptors in their field guide to assist with identification in the field. The course covers each group of raptors, including vultures, owls, eagles, buzzards, kites, hawks and falcons, and looks at the distinguishing features of each group, particularly those features that set them apart from the other groups. Physical features are looked at as well as flying style, particular behavioural traits, and habitat preference. Complicating aspects of identifying birds of prey are also discussed with some clues to prevent common errors. The practical aspect of the course includes what to look and listen for in the bush when looking for raptors, and in particular what clues will assist in locating raptor nests in the field.
Your trainer: Tammy Caine
Tammy started her career with birds of prey when she volunteered at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary while studying for her Game Ranging Diploma. Tammy went on to take the position of Captive Raptor Manager at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary after completing her Diploma. Tammy's job involved the training and flying of captive Bird of Prey for public flying demonstrations and education work. From there Tammy decided to go into the rehabilitation field, and became the Clinic Manager at Raptor Rescue for several years. It was also during this time that Tammy initiated the Owl Box Project, which is still on going. A year ago Tammy took on the position of Projects and Programs Coordinator at FreeMe KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, as well as being their resident bird of prey rehabilitation specialist. Over the past 13 years Tammy has been involved in everything from captive management to rehabilitation, research, education and training with birds of prey.
What to bring:
A bird ID book; binoculars; camera; hat; walking shoes.