Spot-billed Pelican

Last but not least the Spot-billed pelicans who got his name because of the spots on his bill….

There are 8 living different pelican species today. This pelican can be found in southern Asia from southern Pakistan across India east to Indonesia. It is a bird of large inland and coastal waters, especially large lakes.

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.

Dalmatian Pelican

Gorgeous weather today.

This guy looks a little bit dishevelled though. Maybe he also had a wine too many last night.

There are two main populations of Dalmatian pelican. One breeds in Eastern Europe, wintering in the eastern Mediterranean region, and the other breeds in central Asia and Russia, wintering in the Indian subcontinent, Iran and Iraq. 

Australian Pelican

More pelican facts for the weekend.

The beak of the Australian pelican is the largest of all birds. It’s so large and spacious, that it can hold from 9 to 13 liters of water.

When catching fish, they take huge amounts of water into the pouch. Then they move the head forward, pour out the water and swallow the fish. They eat up to 4 kg fish per day.

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.

210106 Capybara Pool party wiht lemons_Melanie Franz

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.

210106 Capybara Lemon pile_Melanie Franz

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.

210160 Capybara eating lemons_Melanie Franz

When Life Gives You Lemons… Drink Margarita!

Yep. So there is an option for everyone.

Which one are you?

Lemonade, Tequila or Margarita? Or do you prefer to just eat the lemon?