Larks, Pipits and Longclaws
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Tackling those difficult LBJs!

To book, click the high-lighted date on the calendar below, and you will receive a confirmation letter with payment details.


The larks, pipits and  longclaws pose some of the most challenging birding in southern Africa.  This course deals with all the southern African species in these groups. Learn to distinguish these families using GISS (jizz) and then work though the individual species in comparative presentations. Understand juvenile and geographical variation. For some species I list best localities. We work in small interactive groups.


Larks, Pipits and Longclaws uses the protocols and techniques established in other Birding with Aldo courses including GISS, Top Bottom and Middle and polls, chat room and discussion in comparative and repetitive presentations to embed species characters.

The course comprises three 75–90-minute sessions (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). You will receive recording links after each session which you can view for six days. So, if you miss a session, you can view this recording. You will be sent low-res pdfs of the course sessions as permanent reference material.

Session 1: Introduction, techniques, taxonomy and 14 larks

Session 2:  Larks versus pipits and 19 larks

Session 3: Longclaws and pipits 17 birds


Course price: The cost for all 3 sessions is R350 for one person and R500 for 2 or more. For pensioners the cost is R250 for one person and R350 for 2 or more.


Course Calendar

We will run this course over the following days: 


Session 1: Monday, 18 July 2022 at 19:00

Session 2: Wednesday, 20 July 2022 at 19:00

Session 3: Thursday, 21 July 2022 at 19:00

We would love for you to be joined by your friends and family, so join us!

Please use the high-lighted date on the calendar on the right to book into the course!

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