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Done with Derwent Graphite pencil 8B – on grey hand-made paper – 25″ × 18″

  1. There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build, and yet leave a landscape, as it was before.
    - Robert Lynd

FOUR years ago the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, South Africa, had a crisis. Their magnificent Black Eagle (Aquila verreauxii) male disappeared and it was thought that a 40-year old breeding programme would come to an end.

But the female (Emoyeni) eagle took charge. She disappeared for several days, and reappeared with a young male, Thulani, and the pair have continued breeding ever since. Their habitat is, however, critically endangered by the enormous development in the area and they are recorded as having to go as far as Hartebeespoort Dam area, 60km away, to find suitable prey.

The Garden, some 30 kilometres west of the city centre at Roodepoort, is one of a network of eight botanical gardens around the country. It consists of around 300 hectares of landscaped and natural veld areas, planted with only indigenous trees, 600 species of indigenous flowering plants and shrubs. Over 230 species of birds have been recorded in the Garden as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.

  1. Read more on the Black Eagle at Hedgie’s Nature Journal
  1. See the companion sketch Black Eagle here
  1. 3rd September 2010 – FEATURED in Naturally Black/White Duo and Contrast

Framed print

Companion sketch (click on pic)

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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Maree!

  • Aaah, thank you very much Andrea!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Maree … your work is so inspiring.

  • Thank you for your heart-warming comment Brenda!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS: Thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Inspiring indeed, Maree. Wonderful info!

  • Thank you Liz, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful work

  • Thanks a lot Shulie.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group.
    Beautiful artistry!

  • Aaaah, thank you for that Joyce, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago


  • Thanks for accepting Magaret!

    – Maree Clarkson

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  • Baie dankie Mariaan! I did sketching only for many years before I started using watercolours!

    – Maree Clarkson

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    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting Francis!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 4 years ago

    3rd September 2010

  • Aaaah Pamela! Thank you for this very special feature, I’m really thrilled!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Very special indeed!! Congratulations!!!

  • Many thanks Liz!!

    – Maree Clarkson

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