Ink sketch and W&N watercolour in my Moleskine Nature Journal – sitting on the washing line in my back yard (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa).

It was the 25th September and at long last my Greater Striped Swallows (Cecropis cucullata) were back! They were late this year, maybe they’d also been waiting for the spring rains. How on earth would they know…?

Their old nest inside our pump house from the last couple of years has fallen down and I’m looking forward to seeing if they are going to rebuild it or choose a different location.

The Greater Striped Swallow is a common breeding inter-African migrant that occurs throughout Southern Africa. It arrives during August/September and departs during April.

Endemic to Africa south of the equator, occurring from southern DRC, Angola and Zambia to southern Africa. Here it occurs across much of South Africa excluding the arid north-western Karoo and the extremities of Limpopo Province. It also occupies central Namibia, central and eastern Zimbabwe and small areas of Botswana. It generally prefers open habitats such as grassland, fynbos, karoo, open savanna, suburban areas, cultivated land and farmyards. It mainly eats insects, doing most of its foraging aerially along with other swallows or swifts, hawking prey over open grassland, large stretches of water and around man-made structures

[Afrikaans] Grootstreepswael;
[Xhosa] Inkonjane (generic term for swallows);
[Zulu] iNkonjane (generic term for swallows); or Sisampamema (generic term for swallows, martins, swifts and spinetails)

  1. 28th November 2013 – FEATURED in Afrikaans
  2. 3rd December 2013 – FEATURED in Nature and Man
  3. 7th December 2013 – FEATURED in Arican Art & Photography
  4. 9th January 2014 – FEATURED in Creative Cards & Calendars

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 1 year ago

    Excellent!! Enjoy them.

  • Thanks a lot Liz, appreciate the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 1 year ago

    Aw, how lovely, Maree! Just like old friends coming around for a visit.

  • It really is Dot, every year I can’t wait for them to get back, it’s been 7 years now!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 1 year ago

    Very beautifully illustrated Maree.

  • Many thanks Jim!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 1 year ago

    28 November 2013.

  • Wow, great news Liz! thank you for the feature, a lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Nature And Man ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ December 3rd, 2013

  • Wonderful Evita! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • jozi1
    jozi1about 1 year ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Jozi, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sonja Peacock
    Sonja Peacockabout 1 year ago

    Pragtige en sagte kleure. Ek is baie lief vir geveerde vriende nes jy:)

  • Dankie Sonja, bly om nog ’n voël-liefhebber te ontmoet!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 1 year ago

    Please look Here to see your card featured on the groups homepage

    beautiful work .. many congrats

  • This is great Angel! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 1 year ago

    Congrats on your feature Maree!

  • Thank you Liz, lovely to share the page with you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Keala
    Keala11 months ago

    Your work is remarkable! I really enjoy it! Very well written descriptions also! :))

  • Aaaah, thanks for your lovely words Leigh, and also the fav, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

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