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Finally the rain has stopped and I can share a photo of one of the three windows that feature my work @Bergdorfs in New York City. The windows are up until 5th June. It feels like a public art show; I just love seeing people stop and look. Thank you for making it happen @lindafargo and @michelle_jank (Artworks on sale inside and through my galleries).
This Noisy Pitta is just one of the birds on show @bergdorfs in NYC. There are also 3 window displays that include my birds. I’m hoping to have photos to post soon! (It’s been raining so much there).The Noisy Pitta was photographed with the great wildlife, conservation and science team @tarongazoo
I’ve just returned from a week at @ontheperchbirdpark in Tathra, NSW Australia. Steve, one of the owners remembers loving birds from the age of 4. He met his wife Linda when they were 15 years old and they married at 19. Now in their 40s and four kids later, Linda and Steve Sass have realised a dream & opened up a bird wildlife park with large walk-through habitat aviaries. It’s a rare opportunity to see native birds up close… very close. The birds have adapted to people, are curious & a lot of fun to be with. It is a place for bird lovers & a stepping stone for those who yearn to learn more about wildlife. A wonderful link to help us understand why they are so precious and why we should protect them and their wild habitat. Thanks @simondavidsonphotographer for the photo.
I am excited to let you know that a large selection of my work is now on show at New York City’s iconic Bergdorf Goodman. @bergdorfs is an incredible department store in the heart of Manhattan in a building that takes your breath away. Inside are all kinds of treasures. My work is hanging on the 7th floor as part of their Spring Loft exhibiton and more work is on the 4th floor as part of the brilliant Linda’s shop @lindafargo. It is a huge honour. Inside pics by my good friend Kirsty Bruce.
This is a little snippet from my first ever video art piece that is currently playing at The Centennial Hotel in Woolahra, NSW Australia. From my Ornithurae series.
I came across this photo on my phone of me playing footsies with @penguinthemagpie She loved to lie on her back to wrestle. She is such a special bird & so is the Bloom family that took her in. This was the beginnings of how I was able to photograph her in the following portrait entitled Penguin no. 3.
A little native Squatter pigeon can surprise you with their beauty. I met him in northeastern Australia where he comfortably perched on my hand. Thank you to the wonderful Jeff Bray for introducing us. I print my portraits at 'human size' to help the viewer see them as equals… that is a species that also shares this extraordinary planet. Artworks available through @olsen_gallery @olsengruin
For those in Australia you may have heard of the terrible bush fires in Tathra, NSW. One of the best ways to help is to visit & support its economy. It’s a beautiful holiday town on the Sapphire Coast @sapphirecoastnsw surrounded by wildlife, beaches and great people who need our help. It’s a special time to visit as there’s a heightened sense of love for the community. The first place to see is @ontheperchbirdpark which has large walk in planted habitat aviaries. Here curious birds often fly onto your shoulder to say hello. The Common Bronzewing is you, the green budgie is Tathra - let’s give them a lift. 📷 Jackie Smith #sapphirecoast
In the 1960s the Crested Pigeon was a rare inland bird. People would travel vast distances to catch a glimpse of this now common urban bird. Affectionately called the punk pigeon, "only in New Guinea and Australia do pigeons indulge in head ornaments" (Tim Low). It also has a unique whistling feather that can sound an alarm when it flies to notify the flock of possible danger. Exhibited in New York at Olsen Gruin Gallery now available through @olsengruin @olsen_gallery
Skye - the red-tailed black cockatoo was rescued as a chick by @kaarakin in Western Australia. She was rehabilitated by clinic volunteers but come release time she failed her behaviour test. She was too friendly - she had lost her wild ways. The birds that passed their tests are released in conjunction with Murdoch University & are tracked via a GPS. Skye is available through my galleries @OlsenGruin @olsen_gallery The real Skye now lives as an ambassador for her species on the grounds with others like her. They are a beautiful flock of birds full of character.