A Tui From New Zealand

  In one of my latest post  (Golden Flicker), my dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch and I had a little chat about New Zealand´s national bird – the kiwi – and how she would prefer another one as such, since the kiwi is not only nocturnal but also flightless which contributes to itContinue reading “A Tui From New Zealand”

Red-tailed Comet

  The Red-tailed Comet (Sappho sparganurus) is a medium-sized hummingbird. This species of hummingbird can be found in the Central Andes of Bolivia and Argentina, in Chile and in Peru. The genus name refers to Sappho, an ancient Greek poet of Lesbos. The species name sparganus derives from the Greek words σπαργανόω and ουρά, meaning “decorated tail”. In at least part ofContinue reading “Red-tailed Comet”

Northern Flicker

  Since it was only in my last post that I mentioned it, I´m sure you remember that the Cuban Pygmy Owl is so small that it actually likes to seek shelter in abandoned woodpecker holes. Which is why I felt compelled to paint a Northern Flicker – that, and I really wanted to useContinue reading “Northern Flicker”

Cuban Pygmy Owl

  I don´t know about you but I just love owls! They are beautiful, very smart, perfect hunters and like me, squint in the daylight. 😉 In the modern West they´re usually associated with wisdom, a link that goes back at least as far as to Ancient Greece where the goddess Athena had the owlContinue reading “Cuban Pygmy Owl”

Hyacinth Macaw

  Don´t ask me why, but I´m totally into painting birds these days, so expect to have some feathered friends flying your way in the coming weeks. 😉 This is a water color painting of a Hyacinth Macaw, a parrot that is native to central and eastern South America. With a length of about 100Continue reading “Hyacinth Macaw”