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. . . .


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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