The Bird Tree in Groot Brak River

We went to Groot Brak River to attend a bird identification course. Before leaving we wandered around town and found this amazing tree. The tree is a huge Norfolk Pine just near to the river. In day light it appears as if it is dying. All the top leaves are stripped off.



However at night, the tree is alive with birds. The following pictures were taken in the early evening.



From a distance it doesn't look like much. However, the closer you get, the more amazing it becomes. I estimated 100 birds. I was wrong. I will leave you to count.











There are at least 11 occupied nests in the tree. The following sequence is of a heron approaching its nest.











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