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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. . . .

crakes

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
cotingas

Rupicola.

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
albatrosses

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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Common Tern illustration
terns

A Tern on the Tide

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), non-breeding plumage. On a warm and breezy December morning, Jennifer McKenzie of the Hermanus Animal Hospital was walking along the Vermont

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Torrent ducks
ducks

White-water-fowl

Torrent Duck (pair, male on left), Merganetta armata armata, Chile. Ducks, it has to be said, may not be the most interesting of birds. With

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Royal Flycatcher
flycatchers

My Brush with Royalty

A column of army ants are crossing the path as we enter a clearing where a giant forest tree has fallen. The small gap in

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painted snipe

Painted Snipe

For more years than I care to remember, the Painted Snipe was my number one ‘bogey bird’ – no matter where I travelled, I never

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Asian Paradise Flycatcher illustration
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Ribbon-tailed Beauty

On the edge of a mango orchard, alongside the paddock of a domestic water buffalo, hawked this male Asian Paradise-Flycatcher. The ripening fruit and ruminating

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