Merritt Island, Florida
24.000 x 24.000 x 2.000 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
I based this square acrylic painting on a photograph that I recently took of a reddish egret at the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. I first painted the back ground with abstract patterns. I, then, painted the bird. I hoped to give a sense of motion. As I painted the egret, I was reminded just how much it looked like a dinosaur. Because of its color, I believe it to be a young egret.
I have been experimenting with a new kind of style of painting. I am having fun trying to show a sense of motion...activity. Watching this young bird running around in the setting sunlight, was a joyous thing. There is so much beauty and grace in the way that it moves.
The Reddish Egret is considered one of the most active herons. It is often seen on the move. It stalks its prey visually in shallow water far more actively than other herons and egrets. Frequently it runs energetically and uses the shadow of its wings to reduce glare on the water. Once it is in position to spear a fish, the result is a fascinating dance. Due to its bold, rapacious yet graceful feeding behavior, author Pete Dunne nicknamed the Reddish Egret “ the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the Flats”. It easts fish, frogs, crustaceans, and insects. The bird's usual cry is a low, guttural croak.
It is a medium-sized, long-legged, long-necked heron with a long pointed pinkish bill with a black tip. The legs and feet are bluish-black. The sexes are similar, but there are two colour morphs. The adult dark morph has a slate blue body and reddish head and neck with shaggy plumes. The adult white morph has completely white body plumage. Young birds have a brown body, head, and neck. During mating, the males plumage stands out in a ruff on its head, neck and back.
April 5th, 2013
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