Friday, June 4, 2010

"Sweet Song" White-Rumped Shama

                                                12"x12" Acrylic on board

Just completed this painting about 2 hours ago.   This bird is also known as Shama Thrush and is found on Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.  This past February I went to the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens on Oahu with friends and was fortunate enough to take a few pictures of this handsome thrush before he flew away.  I was positively thrilled by the encounter as I had wanted some photos of this bird for a long time .  I already had several reference photos of baby shamas I had taken at another botanical garden on Oahu, so now I really was pleased.   This painting is of a male Shama Thrush; the female is more gray and duller with a shorter tail than the male.   Many people think this is the best songster in the islands.

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden is very large (400 acres) and has a 32 acre lake on the premises.   I may post more later about this wonderful place, as I intend to paint more scenes from there in the future.  Wonderful place to spend time in nature, and of course they have lots of waterfowl on their lake.

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