On a chilly Saturday morning, good for a movie in bed, 18 raptorphiles and I went to the 'Ons Tuiste' hall to attend an LBJ course presented by Joe Grosel. This time it was Large Brown Jobs and (thankfully) no larks! As always Joe made it an enjoyable experience and our raptor facts were sprinkled with stories and jokes. Apart from experiencing some problems with the sun shining on the screen everything went smoothly. We had frequent breaks for tea, cookies and of course lunch. The course took up almost the whole day and, in my opinion, it was a day well spent. The course covered all brown raptors, bigger or the same size as a wine bottle (this was our measuring instrument!). Joe provided us with an identification guide to the brown raptors, note paper and a pen.
The course started with an overview of the anatomy and feathers of raptors. Then we worked through each raptor in the guide and, as with the other LBJ course (Little Brown Jobs), we ended with a 'test'. Joe is an interesting and entertaining presenter and even if the only bird I liked was KFC chicken wings (luckily not the case), I would still have enjoyed the course. Unfortunately, I have yet to test my raptor knowledge but I know that the first raptor we see will be identified much faster and more accurately than before the course. At the end of the day my brain had new information and knowledge, the ink level in my pen had dropped and my notes were full. Raptors here we come!