Root over rock trident maple project Part 2

Nebari Bonsai

An update after more work on this trident maple. Apologies in advance for the weeds and busy background…
Growing strong in May:

Tightened up at the mid-section, and cut back in early July:

Checking roots’ attachment to the rock a few weeks later, it appears the lower roots are still somewhat thin.

I think it can go into a bonsai pot next year, since another year in the ground might allow the upper roots to cover more of the rock than I want. However, I do want the lower roots to thicken more first, and ensure the roots are tightly secured. We still have 8 weeks or so, hopefully enough time to pump them up.

Trim back unnecessary and unsightly roots, then wrap the area tightly in Parafilm to hold everything in place, then go once around with aluminum wire:

Pack the lower area with wet sphagnum moss, then secure…

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Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus)

Our Rumbling Ocean

The introduction picture is how we usually see these in the field. They are endemic to the South Western Africa region, which basically means South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

In flight the white under-wing contrast strongly with the dark primaries on the wing tips, as well as white “windows” on top of wings.

2-162 Bleeksingvalk (Mokale park) 09 (4)3-162 Bleeksingvalk (Mokale park) 09 (8)The beautiful barred rump can only really be seen up close, and here the raptor rehab center came to the rescue. We found they had some birds with wing damage (mostly) and took a few pictures.

7-2009_1114 Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (11)3-2009_1114 Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (23)2-2009_1114 Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (21) They also have long reddish legs and wonderful calls. Always nice sight in the wild.

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Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)

Matt Travels

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The Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) is a small seabird breeding in Europe and Asia, but migrating much further south during the winter months (up to South Africa and Australia). In Europe, the species is the smallest and rarest of all occurring terns. The birds breed in colonies at the coast or on sandbanks of larger rivers. Similar to other terns, they aggressively defend their nests and attack intruders. They feed mostly on fish, crustaceans, and mollusks, which are caught by diving into the watere from the air. The species’ population plummeted drastically during the 20th century due to pollution, habitat loss, and human disturbance at its breeding sites. While beaches were used more extensively for recreational activites, the river courses became more regulated leading to the disappearance of sand banks. Although some of its habitats have become protected in the meantime, the species is still considered…

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