Ribbon wood and ground birds

Deanna Maich

Atherton, Australia

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Digital print (flower) and oil on canvas.

Original art work gifted.

The native Australian tree the ribbon wood bears 3cm x 3cm flowers which only grow on the canopy. This flower was one among many in a carpet of sweet smelling ribbon wood.

The orange footed scrub fowls are brown with a little ancient looking crest and the brush turkey has a red head and yellow collar with a flat vertical black feathered tail. Both reside in Cairns where I have made my home for the last 7 years.

These native brids are incredible ground dwellers and scratchers -hence the ‘scratchy’ type treatement of the oil. Both birds move earth and pile it up about 1 metre high then lay their egg and leave. The pile of mulch is self heated for incubation and the chick emerges without parental help.

Many suburban dwellers protect their gardens from this ground scratching by putting netting over beginner plants. So local birds are slowly being pushed out of their natural habitat further inland or into parklands in Queensland.

1.5 million hectares of Australian deforestation occured between 2001 and 2004
(http://www.environment.gov.au/soe/2006/publicat...)

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