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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. . . .

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Gecko Grab

African Wood-Owl (Strix woodfordii) with Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia)                               

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pittas

Pitta Patter

Gurney’s Pitta (Pitta gurneyi)  male. Khao Nor Chuchi, Thailand We’d been in the rainforest since daybreak and were all completely soaked from head to toe.

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kingfishers

Bon Voyage

Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) Pretoriuskop, South Africa Having arrived in South Africa during November, the Woodland Kingfishers are now preparing to return to their non-breeding

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finfoots

Silent Swimmer

African Finfoot (Podica senegalensis) male. Mbuluzi, Swaziland. I was observing dragonflies darting back and forth on the fringe of the Mlawula River when a male

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kingfishers

Blue Blur

Half-collared Kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquata) While crossing a low level bridge over the Elands River, south of Machadadorp on the eastern Highveld of South Africa, my

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woodpeckers

Big Drummer

White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis): Sukau, Malaysia (Borneo) The rain was finally easing up, after an extraordinary morning downpour. All around me the tropical foliage was

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Amber Assassin

Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti), Nelspruit, South Africa A series of strange, mechanical noises coming from the tree canopy outside my window had me out of my

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