World Bonsai Convention Coming Soon

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

PrintThe 8th World Bonsai Convention will take place on April 27-30, 2017 in Saitama City, Japan. Saitama City is the new name for Omiya, famous for high quality bonsai gardens. This promises to be the finest and largest bonsai convention to date, anywhere. The World Bonsai Friendship Federation has been holding conventions since 1989, the first in Japan. Since then the convention held every four years has been held in the United States, Korea, Europe and Puerto Rico.


Top Japanese bonsai artists will be demonstrating including: Masahiko Kimura, Hiroshi Takeyama, Kunio Kobayashi, Shinji Suzuki, Minoru Akiyama, Shigeo Isobe, Chikaru Imai, Taiga Urushibata, Kenji Oshima, Isao Omachi, Takashi Sakurai, Masayuji Fujikawa and Mitsuo Matsuda. Additionally international bonsai artists from each region of the World Bonsai Friendship Federation will also demonstrate: Werner Bush, Hannes Fritz, Jyoti & Ninkunj Parekh, Zao Quingquan, Mike Siow, Lindsay Bebb, Bjorn Bjorholm and Juan Andrade. That’s a…

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Saturday 7 January 2017 : Bluff Nature Reserve

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Report by Elena Russell

I left home in heavy drizzle which lifted a little near Queensburgh but by the time I hit the Bluff it was heavy drizzle again.  The dog’s chances of a walk in heavy drizzle were starting to look good but it was not to be!

Firstly let me say that the mood was very sombre as we gathered in the parking area, we had just lost a good friend and stalwart of BLPN in Roy Cowgill. Roy will be sorely missed and deepest sympathy for Steve was expressed by us all.

Eight BLPN members had pitched up, rain or shine 2017 needed to be kicked off with some birding.

The Bluff Nature Reserve was in fact a good choice as there is an excellent hide and most of us stayed in the hide but a few hardy souls did take a walk in the rain and…

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Club’s first speaker of 2017 is a Peacock

Hermanus Bird Club

Faansie Peacock likes to describe himself as a professional birder. He is one of Southern Africa’s best known birders and most talented bird artists. And Peacock is his real name.

faansie-peacock Faansie Peacock (image from his website)

Faansie will be the Club’s first speaker of the new year, doing a presentation on “The weird and wondrous world of waders” at the first monthly meeting, on Wednesday 18 January.

He should know a thing or two about waders. His latest bird book, “Chamberlain’s waders – The definitive guide to Southern Africa’s shorebirds” – came off the printing press in December.

That follows on his “Chamberlain’s LBJs – The definitive guide to Southern Africa’s Little Brown Jobs”, a must-have for anyone struggling to identify any of these birds that make up almost a quarter of Southern Africa’s bird species.

Faansie painted all the illustrations for both books.

The meeting, in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall, begins at 19:00…

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A work of art for those wanting more

Hermanus Bird Club

Faansie Peacock will have about an hour, perhaps a little more, to present “The weird and wondrous world of waders” to the audience at the Club’s first monthly meeting of the year tomorrow.

bookstanding_waders_webmed The latest book.

But there is a lot more to the subject, as is demonstrated by the book on waders that he has just published.

“More than two years of full-time writing and painting went into the production of ‘Chamberlain’s Waders’,” he says on his website.

The book “thoroughly covers the 80 species of waders found in Southern Africa – these include the usual suspects, as well as sheathbills, buttonquails, coursers and pratincoles,” he says.

“In addition, the book features 21 species of potential vagrants that are likely to be seen in Southern Africa in future (if you see one, please call me!). This total of 101 species represents more than 40% of the world’s wader species.


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