Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
Helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris)

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

I used to have dozens of guinea fowl pass through our smallholding here in Tarlton (Gauteng, South Africa), but these days it’s like Christmas seeing just a few of them. When we moved to Tarlton in the middle 70’s, we were one of a few owners living on the smallholdings and there were large tracts of open land with hundreds of mammals, birds and reptiles that crossed our paths daily. Snakes were rife and regularly had to be removed to a safer place, now we only see a snake a couple of times in the year. I used to have wild hares entering my garden and eating my Marigolds; I haven’t seen an hare for about 7 years. The same with hedgehogs, monitors, tortoises and jackal.

The area is now totally built up and our smallholding is now flanked by people on all sides, property fenced and surrounded by high walls – there are few, if any, empty tracts of land anymore and I’m just wondering where all the wildlife has managed to find a safe refuge…


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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.
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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 4 years ago

    Such a wonderful painting of these birds….they have such a distinct look. We’re surrounded by acres & acres (as far as the eye can see) of farmland right where we live now, but as more & more people move in & cities expand, the wildlife dwindles & so many become road-kill because of the traffic. So sad. Like you, I wonder where they all go. I feel so badly for them. There’s nothing like seeing the wildlife in one’s back yard -it’s wonderful!

  • Thanks a lot Marsha, pleased you like it. The suburbs in town seem to have more guinea fowl than what the urban areas have these days, and they’re quite street wise there as well! Thanks for your lovely comment and the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceabout 4 years ago

    They are all in Pilansberg National Park!! We saw lots of them there, they are fabulous. I can well understand your sense of loss at their disappearance. This is a brilliant depiction, I love it. Alma

  • I know, soon we’ll only being seeing the wildlife in protected reserves (and even there they’re not safe, have you seen all the Rhino poaching reports lately? 283 Rhino killed for their horns here in South Africa this year…) Pleased you like it Alma, and thanks for the fav.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecallerabout 4 years ago

    Love this! A favorite!

  • ah, thanks for that Spade, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaabout 4 years ago

    I adore Guinea fowl and you have captured them beautifully in this stunning watercolour! Such a shame of the decline of wildlife!

  • I know Ingrid, it’s rather heart-breaking that one day we will only see wildlife on the TV…So pleased you like this, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    Die heel-heelmooiste werk ooit!!!

  • Ag Lizzie, baie dankie! So pleased you like it and thanks for the fav!! xx

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 4 years ago

    The Guinea hens(that’s what i have heard them called), we have here, are much fatter than this, but they are raised as farm animals… not sure if it’s for eggs or eating, never heard of anyone eating a guinea. This is a lovely painting, Maree!! love the muted colors and the movement in this piece. You managed to capture a couple of them in mid-step… very cool!! SPLENDID, my friend!

  • It’s the wild ones that are so skinny Barb – my heart always breaks for them. My pet, Guinea, and his whole family, were fat, round little balls! I always throw some mealies just outside our wall in case they come past, but the Weavers and Finches always manage to get in first! Thank you for your heart-warming words, it’s made my day! Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 4 years ago

    I realy like this Maree..

  • So pleased you do Maggie, thank you very much!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ercan BAYSAL
    Ercan BAYSALabout 4 years ago

    Very nice work…

  • Glad you like it Ercan, thank you…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 4 years ago

    I love the blue you used! It plays against the red on their heads very nicely!

  • Thanks Ken, they really are exquisite birds when you see them close-up.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    A delightful painting, Maree!

  • Thanks so much Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

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