Friday, February 15, 2008

Birds of a Feather

Velvet Fronted Nuthatch

Thanks to Cindy Nicholson for naming the last painting "Snowy Lane" 50 EC credits on will be credited to you when you identify your blog. Thanks also to those of you who made suggestions. They were all good but I could only Choose one.

Well I finally got round to painting a few birds but I think I got a bit snap happy with the camera and did not write down enough of the names of the birds or I got the names mixed up. So all you ornitholigists out there see if you can name this next bird for 50EC credits. I will let it run for the next four days until the 19th of Feb. In the mean time I will visit the bird park again and do a proper job of identifying them. I lived in New Zealand for a while and never managed to see a live Kiwi bird. I did see many pictures and a few stuffed specimins of this strange looking flightless nocturnal bird which is on their endangerd species list. We don't have any at our local bird park so I painted this one from a picture of a stuffed bird I found in some or other curio shop or travel information kiosk.


kml said...

Hi - your first one looks like the Blue Jays that I have in my backyard. I don't know if they are the same in your country or not. You did a great job painting him!

Treehouse Dwellers said...

Hi - We're x-South African living in NZ. Been in Auckland for 30yrs. Now we have a lifestyle block on which DOC is re-introducing the Kiwi. They release them on our land and our neighbours land. It has been great to be a part of this project.

Your artwork is incredible and nostalgic images of africa and it's vibrant colours are great to see.

Christina said...

I was totally gonna say Blue Jay as well. I can't think of any other birds.

Cindy said...

Thank you! my blog is Kaleidoscope and located at

since I'm in the process of moving to a new domain, blogger will automatically take you to the new site. Thank you again!

Artbeat said...

Thanks all for the comments. I checked up on this bird and no it is not a "Blue Jay" The bird is actually from South East Asia. Theres the clue, I will Publish the correct answer on Wednesday thats if someone does not get it in the meantime.

The treehouse dwellers, you are priveledged to have an opportunity to help with the Kiwis. I will probably be spending some time in Auckland soon with my daughter and a bit of time in Whangarei, maybe I will be fortunate enough to see a live Kiwi bird this time.