Dauntless Destinations – The sheriff is in town! Although still a juvenile, this Martial eagle is already a sight to behold. They are the largest of the African eagles and incredibly powerful, capable of knocking an adult man off his feet. They reputedly have enough power in one foot to break a man’s arm. Corne Schalkwyk photographed this youngster in Queen Elizabeth national park #Uganda #Birding #MartialEagle | Facebook

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There’s Tom, a good Friend if you know him. He’s still a Friend even if you don’t.

He got himself a bunch of bald cypress seedlings and carved a little wedge out of leftover cherry and thought he’d try some trunk fusion.

I think it’s damn cool. Not only will it create a fat tree quicker, but all that character that’ll come from the fusion marks. I’ll keep you guys up to date on it as it progresses.

I’ve seen the technique done with maple whips and ficus cuttings but this is the first cypress one I’ve seen.

So much potential.

Pretty cool, ain’t it? Anyway, that’s not why I’ve gathered you around your internet screens today. 

I want you to close your eyes……imagine yourself reclining in a form fitted chair, soothing, nondescript music lulling you to sleep as the Novocain begins to numb your face. Now imagine that…

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Weird and wacky tiger bark ficus bonsai

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From here, unless you zoom in, all you see is that it’s overgrown a little.

I just repotted this tiger bark ficus into a wider pot. Zooming in close, on the left side, you see…..a hole?


Not a hole (wait until you see a crepe myrtle I’ve found with a hole…).

Well now, this shot doesn’t clear it up. It does show the new growth though. Meaning it’s time to do some work.

Here we go….can you see it?The branch wraps itself around the backside of the tree.

You can see it here, from the tree’s left side view, poking out.

The “first branch” on our right is really coming from the left side of the tree. The tree was a gift (actually it was a “please take this tree I’m killing it”) from my oldest son’s 7 or 8th grade teacher Mr. Meyers.

I have…

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BLPN weekend outing to Silverstreams

BirdLife Port Natal

12 – 14 April 2019

Report by Jane Morris

Mike, Terry Walls and I set off at midday on our driving up to the beautiful Bushman’s Neck region of the southern Drakensberg.A weekend of birding and relaxing was something I had looked forward to for some time.On route we were pleased to see a good number of green fields and farm dams that were brimming with water.Our route took us off the N3 at Howick and through Bulwer. We chose to go on the dirt road, it is not in the best state but did produce some good birds. A Denham’s Bustard was lovely to see, a Verreaux’s Eagle with his prominent white cross and rump was a great sighting as well, Ant-eating Chats whirred around and sat on fences for us to get a good view of them.

Photo: Anteating Chat.Rob McClennan-Smith

About 40 Cape Vulture circled above a…

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