Never a Gull Moment

Duncan Butchart's brushes with birds

This blog is a collection of watercolour sketches (and occasionally photographs) that capture recent observations or recreate some of my past encounters with birds. I have watched birds on six continents, but have yet to have a memorable moment with a gull of any kind. . . .

African Journey Collection

Murchison Falls National Park

MURCHISON FALLS is Uganda’s largest national park (3,840km2), named for the seven-metre wide chasm through which the full force of the mighty Nile River tumbles.

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World’s Apart

If you visit Arizona in springtime (March-April) it is possible to experience the best of the two extremes of North American landscape – flowering desert

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New Design – KGALAGADI

The Kgalagadi is a vast wilderness region shared by Botswana and South Africa, incorporating the former Mabuasehube and Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks, and a large

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A Tub with a View

Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the continent’s great wonders. Dramatically beautiful landscapes, contiguous with the vast Serengeti, supporting an incredible density of

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African Journey Collection

South Africa’s Garden Route

The ‘Garden Route’ is a stretch of about 300km – sandwiched between the mountains and the sea – on the southern coast of South Africa.

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African Journey Collection

Spitzkoppe – Namibia

The Spitzkoppe are a cluster of huge granite boulder outcrops that rise dramatically out of the flat, semi-desert landscape of Damaraland in Namibia. In the

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African Journey Collection

New Design – Kariba!

Lake Kariba (actually the world’s largest man-made dam) traps the mighty Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Today, the dam is a popular holiday destination

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African Journey Collection

New Design – Kilimanjaro!

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (and the highest in the world that is not part of a mountain chain); composed of three volcanic

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‘Getaway’ magazine feature

The African Journey Collection of retro poster-prints gets some super coverage in the December edition of GETAWAY – the South Africa outdoor magazine.

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2020 Calendar

A collection of 12 bird paintings are featured on this fold-out wall calendar in A4 format. Available now at R150 from our online shop .

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Rupicola graphic


Living in the cool cloud forests around Machu Picchu in Peru is the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruviana), undoubtedly one of the planet’s most remarkable birds.

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Shy albatross graphic

Ligné Claire – Clear Line

My current approach to painting is to simplify detail and render birds in the ‘ligné claire’ style pioneered by Hergé (aka. Georges Remi) the Belgian

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