Ornithology Training at Intaka Island

Lovely and early this Wednesday morning, the Rovers and some friends headed to Intaka Island Nature Reserve, to get a short course in bird identification, specifically how to spot and identify the more common local species. This would be in preparation of use leading an Ornithologist Interest Badge course for Scouts in 2017, and we wanted to get all our member prepared – so tried to cover the aspects of birding that our Scouts would be facing.

The first course of action was to get a brief presentation from Damon, Intaka Island conservationist (who is also conveniently one of our Rovers). We then headed out to various parts of the reserve, to try to observe birds in various habitats, with wetlands being the dominant environment. Some of the highlights we saw were African Spoonbills, Grey & Purple Herons, Little Grebes and Little Bitterns. A fun morning out, and we learned a lot!

 

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