The Raven | Graphite on paper

Death makes angels of us all

and gives us wings

where we had shoulders

smooth as raven´s claws

- Jim Morrison

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Is it here I’d stay if I had wings today? Would you wish to go if you ever sank this low? Would I love the sky if I could fly that high? Would it set you free if they truly saw me? Could we survive the weather if we just flew together? Did you know the air sings when you start to trust your wings? I wonder if fate grows weary from the wait.


African Comb Duck - Sarkidiornis melanotos

This peculiar duck belonging to the species Sarkidiornis melanotos (Anseriformes - Anatidae) gets its common name from the large, fleshy, dark grey growth or ‘comb’ on the top of the male’s beak, an unusual and distinctive structure which enlarges during the breeding season.

Also known as Knob-billed Duck, the species has a wide distribution across sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, South and Central America, and tropical Asia, including Cambodia, China, India, Japan and Vietnam. 

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Photo credit: [Top: ©Tony Faria | Locality: Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, 2012] - [Bottom: ©Clive Chu | Locality: unknown, 2008]