Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata syn. Cecropis cucullata) by Maree  Clarkson
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Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata syn. Cecropis cucullata) by 


Parker Fountain pen, black Quink ink and watercolour in Moleskine Watercolour Nature Journal

  1. “Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and takes the winds of March with beauty.”
    - William Shakespeare
    (I never DID understand Shakespeare… this quote is beyond me….)

My Swallows were late in leaving this year, still saw them around in the middle of May. Now their twitterings that I love to listen to as they swoop over my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) or sit on my Satellite dish are silent. They returned to their old home in the pump house in early September 2010 and I’m always humbled and honoured to think that they choose to return to me after thousands of miles of travelling.

They managed to rear two babies this season and it was a delight watching the parents teaching them all the sweeping moves over our vast expanse of grassland and it wasn’t long until they too were balancing on the wires strung up in my (open-air) potting shed, which I use to hang flowers for drying, happily calling to one another. It’s always a worry to me, wondering whether the babies will make the long journey safely. And it’s always only the parents returning every year (for the past 5 years now), so I often wonder where the babies head off to…?

If our summer is exceptionally hot or dry, I leave the hosepipe dripping on an empty piece of ground in the garden and have spent hours watching them gather mud for their nest-building.

Some info : The Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata syn. Cecropis cucullata) is a large swallow. It breeds in Southern Africa, mainly in South Africa, Namibia and southern Zimbabwe. It is migratory, wintering further north in Angola, Tanzania and southern Zaire.

The Greater Striped Swallow builds a bowl-shaped mud nest with a tubular entrance on the underside of a suitable structure. The nest has a soft lining, and is often reused in later years. It is common, unafraid of humans, and has benefited from the availability of nest sites around habitation. It feeds mainly on flying insects, but has been known to eat small fruits. It’s conservation status is LC (Least Concern).

  1. 18th June 2011 – FEATURED in Sketching and Drawings
  2. 26th June 2011 – FEATURED in Mozambique

From my portfolio of Birds 1


Easy-to-clean Laminated print with black border


Greeting card


Framed print with Bright White matting

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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Comments

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 4 years ago

    I think this is the one of the ones that visits my niece’s barn each year! Lovely sketch.

  • Thanks Sue. Yeah, most probably, especially if they build the mud nests. Looking forward to the return of my two in September!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 4 years ago

    very nice colors, Maree!

  • Thank you Sally!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Nice work, Maree. I like your notes on the image.

  • Thank you Dot! My sketch-books carry a lot of notes, use them as my journal to record events and dates!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    This is so lovely Maree! ;-)

  • Dankie Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    excellent work

  • Thanks for that Kathy, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamalmost 4 years ago

    We had swallow around our tent last week! Lovely!

  • Thank you Kay! You went camping….?

    – Maree Clarkson

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldalmost 4 years ago

    another beautiful bird image/diary Maree!

  • Ah, thanks for that Maree, much appreciated! And the fav too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, love the combination of words with image. Lovely.

  • Thanks ever so much Lisa, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamalmost 4 years ago

    Yes Maree – we went camping in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Very cold at night but well worth the shiver!! I generally live in a house! lol Kay

  • Ha ha ha! Love your sense of humour!! Sounds like you had a great time despite the cold! I’ve given up camping, for the first 5 years of our marriage, we lived in a caravan while we were building our house, so I’ve done all the camping anybody would ever need to experience!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    Geluk met die erkenning…net vir ingeval jy dalk dink ek het dit NIE raakgesien nie! ;-)

  • Ek weet jy’t oë soos ’n valk Juffrou Kendall! Dankie vir die gelukwensing, waardeer dit!

    – Maree Clarkson


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