Guinea fowl in my garden

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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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…

23rd November 2010 – FEATURED in “The Wonder of Wings”
23rd November 2010 – FEATURED in “The Birds”
3rd December 2010 – FEATURED in “Bubbler’s Weekly Challenge”
18th December 2010 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the Challenge “WINGS” in “Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge”
1st July 2011 – FEATURED in “Wildlife of Southern Africa”
3rd November 2011 – FEATURED in “Inspired Art”
5th November 2011 – FEATURED in “Artists Universe”
8th November 2011 – FEATURED in “Quality Art & Photography”
23rd December 2011 – FEATURED in “EXPLORE”
13th July 2012 – FEATURED in “Let Animals Stay Free”
14th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
27th October 2012 – FEATURED MEMBER in “Women Painters”
29th September 2013 – FEATURED in “2 Cards per day”
29th September 2013 – FEATURED in “Everyday Women”
30th September 2013 – FEATURED in “Art Universe”
8th October 2013 – FEATURED in “Country Bumpkin”
18th December 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Meer as een voël / More than one bird” in “Afrikaans”
19th June 2014 – FEATURED in “Women Painters”
20th December 2014 – FEATURED in "Mug World
24th December 2014 – FEATURED in “The Art of Watercolour”

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