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