Saturday, 2 July 2011

Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

A nice place to kill a few hours is the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary in Pretoria, where a large enclosure is home to all manner of critters, such as this steenbok:

As one might expect, there is also a large variety of birds, especially waterbirds, such as comb ducks (a.k.a. knob-billed ducks, for obvious reasons):

Blacksmith lapwing (so named because of its call, which resembles a small hammer hitting an anvil):

 Little egret:

 And the ubiquitous Egyptian goose:

Also commonly found at the reserve is the white-faced duck:

and yellow-billed duck:

It is a congenial place to make sketches of birds, something I try now and then when I can work up the courage to try sketching moving targets.


  1. Thanks for sharing these, Brian. Very interesting reference.

  2. Great sketches, Brian! I especially like the close-ups of the foot and head in the first sketch. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow Brian,dis nice stuff wat jy doen !!

  4. Good job on sketching the moving targets, which can be very challenging indeed!