Burrendong beauty - eastern spinebill
Pastel on Supertooth paper
Size: 52 x 29 cm.
A wildly fast and low, looping flight is followed by a high, piercing whistle and the buzz of whirring wings as a male eastern spinebill rockets through our garden in an endless quest for the next nectar-rich flower.
Spinebills never seem to do anything half-hearted and go everywhere at the speed of tiny jet fighters. The only time they slowdown is when they hover like over-sized hummingbirds, wings a rapid blur, sipping nectar from the various flowering plants they work on a continuous rotation from dawn till dusk. 'Spinies' are my favourite honeyeater and always have been ... to my eye the perfect blend of efficiency, ebullience and a delicate beauty.
This pastel painting shows the spinebill at his best as he paused briefly on a gorgeous hakea which is just now blooming in the garden right at the front of my gallery.
Pastel on Supertooth paper 52 x 29 cm. $2500