Future black pines

Rustedrootbonsai

dav This is a black pine i got from kaizen bonsai.all the candles were cut off in late may and this is its second flush.

sdr Cork bark black pine

dav Stages of early development for this black pine.

dav When this pine came to me it had hardly any roots and struggled for the first year.luckly it survived and is starting to show me its a bit happier.

dav One more black pine.

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Brave birders help break twitching record

Hermanus Bird Club

The group of 14 birders who braved the rain to take part in the Club outing to Strandfontein on Thursday 1 September, were rewarded with a good sighting of the local rare bird – thus helping to break a Southern African twitching record.

Wipstert, rooistert- (Scrub-robin, rufous-tailed) 160901 Zeekoevlei 672A0622 Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin at Zeekoevlei. Image by Charles Naudé.

Mike Ford, leading the group, and helped by Sheelagh Bowman, was quick to spot the Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin soon after our arrival at the  Zeekoevlei pinic area.

Trevor Hardaker announced on his SA Rare Birds News report the previous day that the record of 1 110 sightings of the Snowy Egret along the Black River in Cape Town just over a year ago, had just been equalled by twitchers spotting the Scrub-robin over the last month.

For the rest of the day the birding was good, considering that not many migrants had returned. Two exceptions were Yellow-billed Kites and White-throated Swallows. All…

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