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The 2018 Zaagkuildrift Warbler Festival and Warbler Weekend.
March 2018


These exclusive field courses on the tricky palearctic and wetland warblers have become something of a classic on the Southern African Birding Calendar !

Palearctic migrant warblers are among the most fascinating and remarkable birds one can see in Southern Africa. Many are tricky to identify and others hard to see. Top stars on these weekends include River Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Olive-Tree and Icterine Warblers. Both weekends are run as field-courses with a mix of skills sessions, ID discussion and just plain good birding ! The second weekend has a bigger emphasis on the River Warbler - one of the most sought after birds in the region!

Due to popular demand over the last several seasons, we will be running two Warbler weekends in 2016. Note that due to the facilities and nature of the weekend numbers are limited to nine participants.

These are:


1. Zaagkuildrift Warbler Festival: 16 - 21 March 2018 (Zaagkuildrift Lodge and Bush Camp. To celebrate the remarkable array of warblers and their migration, this Festival of events and talks takes place in one of the richest areas for Palearctic Warblers in the region.

2. Warblers in the Field: 23 - 25 March 2018, Wolfhuiskraal Boskamp.

Both events include a field-course in the identification and location of warblers in South Africa, with an emphasis on the palearctic migrants which are present. These events take place in mid/late March, which is usually prime time for the highly elusive River Warbler. Other Warbler species are also usually present, including Common White-throat, Olive-Tree Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Great Reed-Warbler and Sedge Warbler. Both weekends comprise of a field course component which takes you through the finer points of Warbler ID, behavior. migration and of course identification by sound!!

This is of course a fantastic area for other birds. In recent years our "Warbler weekend" birdlists have included Bronze-winged Courser, Southern White-faced Owl, Black-winged Pratincole, Collared Pratincole, Cuckoo Finch, Great Sparrow, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Baillon's Crake, European Nightjar, Pink-billed Lark and Red-footed Falcon to name a few!

The first long weekend is fully catered in comfortable Lodge accomodation, while the second is a self-catering event. Booking of specific accommodation is on a first-payed first served basis and a 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking.

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