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Steve Morvell Australian Wildlife Artist Burrendong beauty  - eastern spinebill Pastel painting drawing

Burrendong beauty  - eastern spinebill
Pastel on Supertooth  paper
Size: 52 x 29 cm.
Price: $2500

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 til 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


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