Done in my Moleskine Large Sketch-book – pencil and colour wash
Location : Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets!
~ Nora Ephron

A quick and simple sketch of Danny, my Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) – he actually loves posing and will stay motionless for a long time as long as I make a certain sound! A sort of hissing-clicking, which I discovered seems to mesmerise him!

  1. 21st July 2012 – FEATURED in Birds! Birds! Birds!


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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.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    So that’s what you’ve been doing!! ;-) Wonderful Maree!

  • Aha, been caught out! Thanks Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillalmost 4 years ago

    He is gorgious, how old is he. I heard they can reach the age of 90-100y

  • Glad you like him Heidi. Danny is now 7 years old and, yes, they can live up to the ripe old age 100, and normally out-live most of their owners! So when you make your will and Testament, be sure to make provision for him!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: He love’s for me to play “Danny Boy” on the keyboard for him! Then he does a little jog and dance!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    He’s a keeper Maree! take care, Linda

  • Forever Linda! Hugs to you.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanalmost 4 years ago

    Danny is gorgeous and the sketch is beautiful Maree :O)

  • Many thanks Angela, and thank you for adding it to your favs! Much appreciated! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Bumchkin
    Bumchkinalmost 4 years ago

    lovely! :)

  • Thank you Bumchkin, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Maree – does he talk?

  • Thanks Shulie! Yes, he does have a small vocabulary, but he is still very young.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful spontenaity and character!

  • Hi Cindy, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Olga Gorbacheva
    Olga Gorbachevaalmost 4 years ago

    So nice, Maree!

  • Thank you Olga!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Yuri Lev
    Yuri Levover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous bird! What does he like to say?

  • Thanks Yuri! Don’t know if you know, but Sulphur Cresteds aren’t the world’s greatest talkers. He says ‘Come, pretty boy!", ’Pretty girl!’, ‘Hello’, of course, ‘Bye bye’, and he calls my maid, whose name is Lydia, ‘Lulu’. He loves dancing with music, and swings madly round and round on his stick at a certain song. And the crunch, he can scream like a banshee!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Val Saxby
    Val Saxbyabout 2 years ago

  • Wow, this is great Val! Thank you for the feature, lovely honour!

    – Maree Clarkson

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