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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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Common Tern illustration

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


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

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

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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Barn owl illustration

Night Moves

Every night, just before bed, I take Josie out into the small park opposite our house where she sniffs around and has a pee. Last

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Perch for a scrub robin illustration

Dipping Out on the Big Twitch

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (well, not the bird exactly, but its perch), Zeekoeivlei, Cape Town Picture the scene. A disorientated man somehow boards the wrong aeroplane and

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Wandering & Royal Albatross illustrations

Albatross astern!

A couple of months ago, I would hardly have known the difference between an albatross and an armadillo. Well, that’s not entirely true, I’ve been

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