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‘Black Vignette – Kingfisher 1’

‘Black Vignette – Kingfisher 1’

Painting description

Close-up of a New Zealand kingfisher.

Mediuim

Acrylic on stretched canvas gallery wrapped over a kiln-dried wood frame

Artist Statement

‘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

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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.

Painting Black Vignette – Kingfisher 1 by Marie-Claire Colyer


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