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Phoebe, the Allen's Hummingbird by Maree  Clarkson

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This is a page from one of my Moleskine Nature Journals
- W & N watercolours – 12″ × 8″

  1. From scarlet to powdered gold,
    to blazing yellow,
    to the rare
    ashen emerald,
    to the orange and black velvet
    of your shimmering corselet,
    out to the tip
    that like
    an amber thorn
    begins you,
    small, superlative being,
    you are a miracle,
    and you blaze

    From “Ode to the Hummingbird” - Pablo Neruda (1904 – 1973)
  1. Did you know a group of Hummingbirds is called a “Bouquet”? Also a “glittering”, a “hover”, a “shimmer” or a “tune” of Hummingbirds!

I had been following the progress via Live cam ( of Phoebe, the Allen’s Hummingbird, sitting on her eggs, laid on the 2nd and 4th of January 2010, respectively, and which hatched on the 19th January. It was absolutely wonderful watching Phoebe feeding and taking care of them, against all odds.

I did this sketch from screen-shots taken of the live cam. Not having Hummingbirds in South Africa and now knowing them very well, I Googled it – the description read, “Allen’s Hummingbird: Small, compact hummingbird; male has straight black bill, glittering green crown and back, white breast, and rufous sides, belly, rump, and tail. The throat (gorget) is iridescent copper-red. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Swift direct flight, hovers when feeding.” It also states that it is the female that incubates the eggs for 15 to 17 days, so maybe the female’s bill is a bit more curved. All wonderfully new stuff to me!

  1. 13th Apr 2011 – 1 Laminated print – Thank you to the buyer!
  2. 16th April 2011 – 1 Greeting Card – Thank you to the lovely RB member!

13th April 2011 – FEATURED in Just Watercolours
February 2013 – FEATURED in Explore
26th February 2013 – FEATURED in Image Writing


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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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  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 3 years ago

    This is very unique and just a great job! What a great thing to see!

  • Oh SO glad you like it Dottie, thanks a lot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Wonderful info…thanks! Lovely painting….en ek onthou nog toe jy hier was, het ons nog probeer kyk na Phoebe! ;-)

  • Thanks Liz! En het ons nie reg gekom nie…?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    how sweet this is they are hard to see in their nest, this is wonderful !LIz

  • Oh, what a sight it must be to see them in real life! Pleased you like it Liz and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Wonderful. Like a page out of your journal, complete with illustration. Well done, Maree.

  • Thanks Dot! Pleased you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • glorylane
    glorylaneover 3 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Thank you so much Glory!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillover 3 years ago

    Beautiful as always

  • Thanks a lot Heidi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Cindy!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 3 years ago

    makes me smile.

  • Pleased you like it Tokiko, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Vamp!

    – Maree Clarkson

    ANNETTE HAGGERover 3 years ago

  • Oh WOWIE Annette, this is absolutely WONDERFUL! Thank you for the feature, I’m thrilled to bits!

    – Maree Clarkson

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