Great White Pelican

The Great White pelican lives in the shallow swamps in Africa and is one of the largest flying birds in the world.

This pelican’s yellow gular pouch has capacity for 13 liters of water or up to 4 kg of fish.

Pink-backed Pelican

The pink-backed pelican can be found in the shallow lakes of Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India.

It is a relatively small pelican, although by no means is it a small bird. Its length is from 125 to 155 cm, wingspan is 2.15–2.9 m and body mass is from 4 to 7 kg. The bill is 30 to 38 cm in length. The plumage is grey and white, with a pinkish hue on the back occasionally apparent.

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Brown Pelicans

Brown pelicans are the only type of pelican that dive in order to catch prey. They glide low above the water and when they see a fish they fly to a height of 10 m, fold their wings back and plunge down into the sea.

Everyone Needs a Friend

My sisters stuffed animal – Dumbo the elephant, as she called him. She never spent a night without him for 30 years, since she got him at the age of 2-3. His actual colours are more faded now and he got new eyes at least once or twice since then. I felt like I needed to capture him at least once. He is still going strong though, despite everything he went through.

Anyone else had a little friend that accompanied you throughout the years?

Don´t You Dare to Get Between Me and My Coffee

Still sketching ideas…

The honey badger will defend his coffee to the last drop. Don’t try to mess with him.

Honey Badger Don’t Care

Up to 25 percent of the honey badger’s omnivorous diet consists of venomous snakes. But the honey badger doesn’t eat snakes out of desperation but because they are an excellent source of meat and, as a slow moving prey, for him easy to hunt.

The honey badger is resistant to snake venom. Evolving to withstand snake venom is like being the only person at a party who can eat the extra-hot salsa: You get it all to yourself.

Got the Moves

Introducing a new character, the honey badger. Have been sketching them for a while as I wanted to do a T-shirt design. Still in the works, meanwhile some of the sketches.

Guess we all should take an example of the honey badger. Never heard of them before? Check them out here! They are amazing.

Lemon Pool Party

Thank you everyone for all you lovely messages. It means a lot. ❤ I am not a person to publicly put my feelings out there but it happened rather spontaneously.

My sister was very open during the last 2 years (since we found out), about the damage our mother – a covert narcissists – has caused, and I am very grateful to my sister that she never held back. She would tell people about it whether it was appropriate or not. She didn´t care, and she is right. Just creating a bit of awareness that this personality disorder exists is a first step and might help others.

Covert narcissists can be way more damaging and dangerous than open ones, as it is more difficult to spot them. It took me 10 years to figure it out and certainly didn´t come easy. But once you see through their game, you cannot believe how they could have fooled you for so long, as their acting skills can be described as horrendous at best.

I know I am not alone with this. And there are a lot of capybaras part of the lemon pool party.

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To My Sister

When life gives you lemons….

This whole thing started as a sarcastic joke. Now I can find out what you do when life covers you in lemons.

Last week I lost my sister. She hated it when I called her little sister. She always made a point that she was 2 cm taller than I. She was the strongest person I knew and always managed to pick herself up no matter how terrible life was to her. She always told me she is the stronger one and I agreed. She always ended up comforting me despite she being the one that was the one that needed help and comfort. Life gave her a lot of lemons.

She did not deserve any of the things she had to suffer through from epilepsy to a Narcissistic mother which is the source of all evil in our lives. Persons with covert narcissistic personality disorder are pure evil and take lives as my best friend had to experience last year as well. Her brother was encouraged to drink himself to death by his narcissistic wife over the course of 6 months. All we can do now is spread awareness about the evils of covert narcissists.

I guess life is not fair and we can only learn how to cope with it. This is for you taller sister, I love you and I will miss you terribly.

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When Life Gives You Lemons… Eat them!

When I was a kid I used to love to eat lemon slices dipped in sugar. Thinking about it, even nowadays, lemons are an essential part in my kitchen. Sometime instead of tea I just drink hot lemon, and lemon is part of many dishes I cook. Pasta with salmon – lemon – cream sauce is one of my favourites.

The capybara went for a more direct approach.

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Come And Play With Me

This is Kobbi. A lively pug who likes to play fetch. Let´s have some fun together and be active.

Hope the new year is treating you well so far.