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OBITUARY: DUNCAN BUTCHART

Posted on the 8th July 2021

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Duncan Butchart after a battle with cancer. We were blessed to have such a talented conservationist as a member of BirdLife Overberg – an outstanding wildlife photographer, artist and author. His leading achievements were honoured when the University of the Witwatersrand bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on him.

On a club level however he was always ready to assist and support in his gentle and humble way with an often wicket sense of humour. We were treated with his brilliantly illustrated talks, the one on the birds of Borneo standing out as an excellent example. He will be remembered for the central role that he played in our CWAC counts and his willingness to always support our fundraising efforts with donations of publications and artwork. We will sorely miss this extraordinary human being, gentle soul and champion of conservation.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Tracey and Julia Lily.

We share a few of our many fond memories of this remarkable man:

An example of Duncan’s extraordinary talents as a wildlife and bird illustrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need one say more? Albatrosses photographed on a pelagic cruise from Kleinbaai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan will probably be remembered most for achievements as a writer and publisher

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pied Piper playing ‘Follow the leader’ during a CWAC count

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of Carin’s CWAC team at Arabella Estate

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the finding of a dead Longsnout Pipefish, a close relative of the seahorse along the shores of the Botriver estuary – the man had an interest in all things nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan during the launch of “Garden Birds of South Africa” in Hermanus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

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PETER AND VERITY MUNDY (posted: 2021-07-11 16:53:28)
we will sorely miss Duncan having known and worked with him for over 40 years. We were looking forward to more collaborations after his richly deserved honorary PhD from Wits. His seabird panoramas recalled his earlier photos of vultures. Super guy to have around, RIP Duncan. Condolences to Tracey and Julia Lily. (Where the hell does cancer come from?)
JOHN SAUNDERSVS (posted: 2021-07-10 16:27:53)
Duncan was a local Birder, he came to the Hermanus Bird Club several times over the years and his presentations were always of very high standard and very popular.

His book Garden Birds in Southern Africa was a MUST and we treasure our copy with superb photographs and lots of information such:-

Feeding habits, Breeding information and also about the plants names etc. for the whole country that he recommended in order to attract birds to your garden.

I am sure Duncan will be will be sorely missed with many of you.
MARGARET MACIVER (posted: 2021-07-10 09:17:04)
I had tea one morning with Duncan at at his home and he gave me great tips for finding Rockjumpers in Hermanus! And he was spot on, I found a family of them, When I let him know the next day he could hardly believe it as he actually hadn't seen them there for years. Also did a beach walk with him. Such a special man, going out of his way to also find a Tchagra for me. I have alll his books and fond memories of the man himself.
CEBOKAZI NGUDLE (posted: 2021-07-10 06:38:08)
What a great soul! May his soul rest in peace. I see two doves when I see his picture. Let alone his remarkable smile. May God the Lord tie his family, colleagues and friends with heaven's belt filled with love, trust, peace and strength❤. May his spirit leave longer and be carried over to the next generation, his grandchildren and great grandchildren keep his legacy inspiring 🙏
DIANA PARKER (posted: 2021-07-09 13:52:38)
So sad to hear this....... what a brilliant man and wonderful conservationist, with a huge passion for all Nature. He leaves a great legacy.