Friday, September 2, 2011

Today - An Oil Study of a Pukeko

Yesterday's study was a Common Moorhen, found in North America (and perhaps elsewhere?).  Today's study is a Pukeko, one of my favorite New Zealand birds.  The Pukeko (poo - keck - oh) is is a New Zealand icon.  In addition to seeing them in paddocks, estuaries and even alongside the road, tourist shops are loaded with pukeko souvenirs.  The bird is about the size of a large chicken.  They can fly long distances and also swim.  They eat mainly plant material which they hold parrot-fashion with one foot. There is a similar bird in the South Island called a Takahe - though it is flightless and much heavier.

185 - Pukeko
7" x 5" oil on board, unframed
$75 plus $6 shipping within the U.S.


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