Stanger Mill is unique in South Africa in that it uses *bagasse* as its basic raw material to manufacture uncoated, wood free papers including the well-known office brand of Typek. The mill is ideally situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal sugar cane fields, offering a ready supply of bagasse fiber. We also produce 30,000 tons of tissue per year.
*bagasse* is the fiber which remains after the sugarcane stalks are crushed to release their juices.
I took this photo after our birding morning. Facing the SAPPI mill, with the dam of water (featured below)
The dam/expanse of water near the paper mill. Don (Shelly's birder friend) helps keep this prolific birding area clean. He also asked for a tree to be planted near the bird hide. This was so that birds (little brown jobs) would fly in and perch here. Since this has been done, he's photographed 32 species of LBJ's and posted them on FB
Soon after we were settled in the hide and focusing on the water birds on the dam, the first LBJ landed on the tree nearby.
I was thrilled and managed to capture several images as this little bird sat on the tree stump. Later it, (or another!) arrived and I snapped it some more!
A better angle of the Rufous-winged Cisticola which shows the diagnostic rufous-colored wings which give it its name
Both sexes in Rufous-winged Cisticola are alike. The rufous (reddish) wingbar is distinctive
When it landed on the tree later, it gave a full rendition of its call
Their status is locally common (along the East Coast of South Africa and Mozambique) and near endemic. Therefore we don't see these LBJ's in the Free State!
I'm linking to Wild Bird Wednesday here