Green Herons at Almshouse Creek

Flights of Wonder

While spending time watching the Ospreys at Almshouse Creek,…

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… I noticed that there’s also a family of Green Herons who have taken up residence in the same area.

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Yesterday, baby Green Heron was hanging out in a secluded corner of the cove at Almshouse Creek.

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This morning, four Green Herons were hunting from the rocks along the shore. Uncharacteristically, they didn’t spook when they saw me, but continued hunting, gifting me with lots of opportunities for photos.

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One of the Herons snatched an incredibly large spider among the rocks.

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The Spider did what it could to escape the Heron, …

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but the Heron tenaciously maneuvered the spider…

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until a flip of his beak…

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… and the Heron gulped the spider down.

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Meanwhile, another Heron hunted further up the shoreline…

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… as one of the juveniles explored the boat dock…

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… and another made…

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More American White Ibises

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I spotted several small flocks of American White Ibises in the last two weeks.  Here are some of the views of the big white wading (and lawn) birds!  Ibis like rooting around in freshly mown lawns to seek out insects, worms, and grubs.  They also will wade in shallow water to get aquatic snails or other small water insects to eat.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photo.  Enjoy!


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A childfree birder’s guide to good parenting


Parenting in our species is a tough nut to crack. As a child-free adult, I can’t even begin to fathom the stress involved. The lack of sleep. The pressures of safety. Financial pressures. I don’t get how they do it, but I just know it’s hard. It is no excuse though some parents make for such terrible role models. Children can learn so much from them on how not to behave, and what not to do with their lives.

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Part I of Peru – Cuzco and Machu Picchu – May 16-19, 2015


Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet and is extremely rich in bird diversity, boasting an impressive 1,808 species of birds, the third most species of any country in the world! The country is so rich in bird diversity that new species and subspecies are still being discovered!

Peru has such a vast bird list because it has such extensive habitat diversity. A dominant feature of Peru is the Andes Mountains which run down the length of the country, however much of eastern Peru is flat and only 300m above sea level, being a part of the Amazonian basin. Peru is justifiably a birder’s dream destination with the possibility of seeing new birds every single day, even over an extended period of time, not to mention the country has 106 endemics (per Clements 6th edition). Several birding world records were made and then broken in…

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Another blooming azalea

Scratch Bonsai

The subject of this post originally came off this azalea that I posted about earlier in the year.


When the one shrub was dug up two years ago, the rootball came apart into two pieces.  The bigger part is being trained into a semi cascade/cascade tree (See link above) and the subject of this post will hopefully make something similar.

It’s struggled a the last two years with vey little new growth on it but I’ve persevered with it in this oversized pot and now it’s finally bloomed.  I love the peachy pink flowers – the cascade half of this tree should produce the same colours when it decides to finally flower too.

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I haven’t done anything with the tree yet except prune junctions to two shoots and remove dead stubs.  It could make reasonable semi-cascade material if I can get some movement in…

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Lanarkshire Bonsai Club Meeting 05/07/2015

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Today was the monthly meeting of our club at Wattston Bonsai. Robert Porch gave an excellent informative talk and demonstration on the general care and development of pine bonsai. Many members brought along their pines for advice. Here are a few pictures from the day.



While this was going on Dougie Smith was helping new member Chris style 2 of his junipers


Here are some of the trees that members brought along

A lovely white pine belonging to Ian McMaster


I was particularly interested in the next three which are being developed by Robert from seed

Scots Pine






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