Lesser Flamingos still at Vermont Saltpan

Hermanus Bird Club

A small group of Lesser Flamingos has been seen at the Vermont Saltpan over the last two months. They were feeding together with the many Greater Flamingos that frequent the pan.

Greater and Lesser Flamingo- A Greater (left) and Lesser Flamingo at the Saltpan, photographed by Mike Mac Naught on 12 June.

The first report, of about eight Lesser Flamingos, came from Mike Mac Naught on 12 June.

“They were together with the more usual Greater Flamingoes this morning,” he wrote. “The last time we saw them here was a few years back.”

Other members have seen them there since then.

The latest report came from John Bowman, on Friday 29 July. “I popped in at the pan this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to see two Lesser Flamingos among many Greater.

“This was only the second time in many years of visiting the pan that I’ve seen them there.

“It was interesting to watch…

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2 Shohin Pinus Sylvestris in Development

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Here are 2 future shohin Pinus Sylvestris trees that I have in development at the moment. Both have quite a way to go but it’s that journey which gives me most pleasure in the hobby.

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This is how it looked last year before its’ first styling

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I started the next one about 4 years ago while it was still in the ground. The main trunk was chopped back which forced a lot of new shoots close to the trunk in a single season, many of these are now forming branches.

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