Young seabird rescued

Hermanus Bird Club

The new African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary at Kleinbaai has already proved its worth, reports Club member Lee Burman.

On Sunday, while working in her garden opposite Hermanus High School, a car stopped at her house, a guy got out and picked up a bird which, to her amazement, turned out to be a young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker).

A young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker) similar to the one found near Hermanus High School. Image: Charles Naudé A young Cape Cormorant (Trekduiker) similar to the one found near Hermanus High School.
Image: Charles Naudé

“Wolf, which turned out to be the guy’s name, and I tried to return the Cormorant to its normal habitat,” Lee said. But at the shore were no other Cormorants and the bird showed no inclination to move off the rocks – just stumbled around looking somewhat disorientated.

Lee took the bird with her, collected a couple of pilchards at The Fish Shoppe, then dumped the bird on a not too happy Club member Mike…

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A unique willow leaf ficus bonsai 

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

On the way back from my Louisiana bonsai tour last year (great times, can’t wait to get back) I made a stop in Mobile Alabama and had a visit with Joe Day (he had actually offered to buy me lunch. And I’m not one to turn down a free lunch). He’s pretty well known for his seed grown trident maples and his natural rock slabs.

I took a tour of his garden…

An old trident.

A forest on one of his slabs.

Something you don’t see often, a cascade podocarpus.

And an old (old) boxwood. The last tree is in a live oak style (and extremely natural and well done). Joe has taken a study of live oaks in the South and hopefully he’ll publish his observations on their growth habits and branch patterns.

After pulling my jaw off the ground, (my poor photography does not do these trees justice…

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