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Begin Birding with Aldo

The Beginners Guide to Birding

For birders at the beginning of their birding paths. Aldo will show you how to start birding, including equipment and resources, and how to identify birds using the example of 80 of the most common birds in South Africa.


Learn user-friendly techniques which show you how to identify any species of birds rather than learning a mass of details.


I deal with the essential birding elements: birding guides, binoculars, how to identify birds and gaining confidence. You will practice how to identify birds, including the use of field guides and how to memorise birds.


Aldo is one most experienced birding guides in South Africa.

The practical strategies that you learn will enrich your life forever.

Course Price

R250 (for all 3 sessions) for one person, R350 for 2 or more. For pensioners the cost is R200 for one person and R300 for 2 or more.

The course comprises three 75-90 minute sessions as shown below:

Session 1. The foundation: Why and How, birding protocols and techniques, 15 very common birds.

Session 2. Equipment, field guides, and 32 common birds of the garden and beyond.

Session 3. Spreading your wings: bird calls, habitats, 8 difficult groups: swifts, swallows, pipits, larks, plovers, sandpipers, raptors and cisticolas.

We will send the course material as pdfs at the end of the course to allow for review. If you miss a session, you can view a recording, which is available for 6 days after each session.

I offer an interactive and relaxed experience in small groups to support learning.

Course Calendar

Session 1: Monday, 14 August 2023 at 19:00

Session 2: Wednesday, 16 August 2023 at 19:00

Session 3: Thursday, 17 August 2023 at 19:00

Session 1: Monday, 2 October 2023 at 19:00

Session 2: Wednesday, 4 October 2023 at 19:00

Session 3: Thursday, 5 October 2023 at 19:00

To book, click the high-lighted date on the calendar opposite for the course of your choice and you will receive a confirmation email with payment details.

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