Inspiration: “I’ve always loved adding a splash of red to a painting, so I couldn’t wait to paint these beautifully named finches. With their bright white spots, black flanks and soft grey heads, it’s no wonder this species is considered one of the most beautiful birds in the finch family. To safeguard their eggs and nestlings, these finches are often recorded nesting in the bases of the large nests of birds of prey such as Wedge-tailed Eagles. One nest of a Whistling Kite contained nine Diamond Firetail nests! They will also nest among the prickly foliage of shrubs.Females are similar to males although sometimes smaller. Found in drier forests and open grassy woodlands they forage mainly on the ground. The males display to the females with a long grass stem. There is always something new to learn about a subject and I’m always amazed at how little I know about birds, even after painting them for decades”.
This painting took 43.25 hours to complete.
Original artwork by Frances McMahon.
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