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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.
This is a great group exhibition 2 x 2 (+/-) NOW ON at the @olsen_gallery until 25 February. 2 x 2 refers to the size of the artworks ie 2 feet x 2 feet (plus or minus a bit). It’s a rare chance to see over 40 incredible artists represented by the gallery all at once, and the works are available at a relatively more affordable price because of the smaller scale. I wanted to buy them all.
Orange bellied parrot. A small, grass parrot which weighs less than 40 grams, returns from the mainland of Australia, across the wild seas of Bass Strait to its home in Tasmania to breed. Critically endangered but good people - field teams, volunteers, veterinary staff, researchers, recovery teams - all fighting for this tiny, feathered underdog. I photographed 'Blue' at @moonlitsanctuary Victoria where they run a crucial breeding programme. Scroll right to see from space just how much ocean this parrot crosses to get home. Visable Earth - NASA/Goddard. Limited edition of 14 artworks are available.
A scene that makes my heart sing. Every sunrise on Christmas Island tens of thousands of Boobies float out to sea. A mesmerising parade that stretches for miles, their enormous wings appear fixed like an aeroplane as air currents carry them for hundreds of kilometres away to feed. #christmasisland
Such beauty in nature. Prudence is a Moluccan cockatoo found in Eastern Indonesia. Artwork available through @olsen_gallery Sydney @olsengruin New York
Happy new year! It's back to work for me. I’m looking forward to meeting new subjects in 2018. Through the years I’ve worked with so many fascinating and gorgeous birds like @penguinthemagpie - This behind the scenes picture is by the amazing and talented @cambloom
There’s a beautiful town in California called Ojai (pronounced O-Hi) where I met Topper - a rescued Burrowing Owl. He was part of my Wounded Warriors series on Native American birds of prey. The @ojairaptorcenter is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation centre & exists only because people in the community donate. The #thomasfires is about to become California's largest wild fire. There is much to be sad about but the doors and hearts of this rescue centre remain open. Always remember there are good people doing extraordinary things & if you able to help them please do.
I published a book called Birdland in (Australia), Bird Love (USA, Canada, UK) in 2015. It is a fine art illustrated hard cover book that was an absolute labour of love. It should be stocked in all good bookshops and online if you are looking for a gift for someone that appreciates art or wildlife. If you live in Sydney I have also signed some copies @kinokuniya_sydney