Black Vignette Kingfisher 1
Close-up of a New Zealand kingfisher.
Acrylic on stretched canvas gallery wrapped over a kiln-dried wood frame
‘I love the colours of these birds; the way they add a brilliant splash of colour and the precision of their arrow-like flight. On cold grey days at Waikanae Estuary I would watch for the turquoise darting of kingfishers targeting crabs on the mudflats. I have fond memories of them framed by the arcing sprays of red flax flower
About the animal
There are eight subspecies of Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) in Australia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomons, Indonesia, Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands and New Zealand.
Called the New Zealand kingfisher or kotare the New Zealand sub-species (vagans) is generally larger than the Australian sub-species. Kingfishers inhabit both woodlands and wetlands. They frequent coastal lagoons, rivers, estuaries, open country or the forest edge.