Of all the birds I have ever come across, these guys are one of my favorites.
They're not rare, nor are they blessed with splendid beauty - but I have never yet met any other bird with such unconcealed boldness, personality and character!
© Sandra Busby. Pen, ink and watercolour
They are such crafty and cunning little crooks - I have seen them steal everything from a cherry in a cocktail glass, to a whole ice-cream from a child's hand!
Last year, one of these rascals even stole a sausage whilst it was still cooking on our barbecue - That was surprise enough, but I was actually turning the sausages at the time! You have to admire such barefaced, unashamed bravery don't you?
© Sandra Busby
Apart from that, they remind me of my first love - the sea!
Have a great weekend!