Reflections - Juvenile Black Swan
A juvenile black swan drinking while drifting on a lake in the afternoon sunlight.
Acrylic on stretched canvas gallery wrapped over a pine frame.
About the animal
Black swans were self-introduced in New Zealand from Australia but populations were deliberately bolstered in the 1860s. In adult birds the eyes are red and the bill is likewise bright red with a terminal white band, while the legs are dark grey. The cygnets of these large birds are a downy grey with a black bill but newly fledged young change to dull greyish-brown with a brown eye. Their call is a musical bugling.
Awarded ‘Best Natural Fauna’ judged by leading Australian pastel artist Lyn Diefenbach in the Kapiti Observer Paraparaumu Rotary Art Show 2014.