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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

R300 (for all 3 sessions) for one person, R400 for 2 or more. For pensioners the cost is R250 for one person and R350 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.

The course includes detailed presentations, links to recordings of each session which are available for 7 days, and permanent low-res pdfs at the end of the course for reference. 

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

Course Calendar

Session 1: Monday, 5 August 2024 at 19:00

Session 2: Wednesday, 7 August 2024 at 19:00

Session 3: Thursday, 8 August 2024 at 19:00

Please use the calendar on the page to book into Session 1 of the course of your choice, which means you are booked into the entire course! You will receive a confirmation email with payment details.

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