Jonathan Seagull

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Watercolour in Moleskine Watercolour sketch-book
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The Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), also known as the Dominican Gull, breeds on coasts and islands through much of the southern hemisphere. Kelp Gulls are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey. It gathers on landfills and a sharp increase in its population is therefore considered as an indicator for a degraded environment. The Cape Gull differs from other forms of Kelp Gulls by its immaculate white tail and dark eye.
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“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said, ”you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived…”
- From ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’
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After having just read “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” (I know, I’m a late bloomer!), and the Seagulls that often fly over my garden in Tarlton, South Africa (600km from the coast!), I’ve been inspired to do some Seagull sketches again – I’ve always been enamoured by these birds, especially their plight of constantly being trapped with plastic and metal rings around their necks and feet. It’s a passion that has been lying dormant for some time and awakened by this wonderful little book again.
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Something I didn’t know, is that Seagulls are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, skimmers, and more distantly to the waders. But whoever they are related to, I personally would categorise them with Crows, one of my favourite, most intelligent birds! The same as crows, most gulls will take live food or scavenge opportunistically. And their love for man-made “junk food” defies belief! They will go to ANY length for some tasty hot potato chips with tomato sauce, you can read about it here!


29th April 2011 – FEATURED in “Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge”
13th May 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Water Birds” in “Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge”
2nd November 2012 – FEATURED in “Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants”
17th November 2012 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “WIT/WHITE” in “Afrikaans”
30th April 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Seevoëls / Seabirds” in ‘Afrikaans’
30th April 2014 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”

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