Western Spinebills on Grevillea bipinnatifida

OUR MRROS EVENT IS AT BORANUP GALLERY 12 SEPTEMBER TO 27 SEPTEMBER This is a small (A4 size) painting of a pair of Western Spinebill’s feeding on one of my favourite grevilleas- Grevillea bipinnatifida- sometimes called the Fuchsia or Grape Grevillea. A small member of the large honeyeater family, these little beauties zoom around our garden in an almost predictable loop seeking out the…

White-cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on Illyarie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

White cheeked Honeyeaters are common birds within Kings Park Perth. Often along the coastal sector of the South West of WA, where there is a small eucalypt in flower, there seem to be White-Cheeks; and probably a Red Wattle Bird as well. We also encountered them a little inland from Geraldton WA while living there for a year or so. Up there they seemed…

MARGARET RIVER REGION OPEN STUDIOS 2020 12 Sept – 27 Sept

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic MRROS 2020 will be held in September. And to top off the changes, we are relocating our exhibition to the beautiful Boranup Gallery, a minute south of the enchanting Boranup Forest on Caves Road, Boranup. My wife Sue is also recovering from hip replacement surgery and we thought it best for these two reasons to move camp for…

The Storyteller: Galahs on the gum tree

CHARACTERS OF THE OPEN PLAINS We have several Galahs visiting our garden and surrounding open land. The antics they get up to when relating to one another is often humorous and appears to be playful. But they also squabble and peck at one another in order to protect their space on a branch or to be near a mate- or so it seems.  While…

Honkey Nut Heaven- Red-capped Parrots on a Pink Flowering Marri

THE QUIET PARROTS OF THE WEST With colours to challenge a harlequin clown, the brilliant Red-capped Parrots are surprisingly not so easily found in a tree. In parts of the south-west corner of Western Australia, they are moderately common birds. Large flowering grevillea shrubs in gardens and Marri trees laden with the bell shaped fruit known locally as “Honkey Nuts  are where they are…

Reflections in the Afternoon

Bronzewing Pigeons resting in the early afternoon Our property consists of natural vegetation including Marri and Jarrah trees with a planted garden designed to attract birds. There are locations in the garden where Bronzewings tend to gather including a resting area underneath Allocasuarinas and tall shrubs. And it is this location that I have tried to portray in this painting of the male and…

Flame in the Snow: PAIR OF FLAME ROBINS ON A SNOW GUM

We visited the Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek areas last September and were delighted to see so many Flame Robins. They seemed to find food in the snow which I guess could have been insects of some kind. One of the particular aims of the visit was to see the Snow Gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora) which are truly one of the worlds most amazing trees….

Budgerigars after the Spinifex seed

When wandering through the spinifex grasslands of central Australia I would occasionally encounter Budgerigars. As you passed by a small bushy Mallee out would fly a Budgie or three and scare the life out of you. And if you ever want to send yourself blind, try painting the striped feathers on the Budgie’s head. ORIGINAL SOLD THROUGH BORANUP GALLERY