This is an 16 x 20 Acrylic painting then repainted in oil . It is of a Kingfisher diving into the water then back out again with a fish ( minnow) . The object of the painting was to have lots of realism on the bird and the whole painting to look like a camera's depth field look. A some what blurry / out of focus background with a highly detailed subject.
Kingfishers, ranging in length from (4 to 16.5 inches), have a large head, a long and massive bill, and a compact body. Their feet are small, and, with a few exceptions, the tail is short or medium-length. Most species have vivid plumage in bold patterns, and many are crested.
These vocal, colourful birds are renowned for their dramatic hunting techniques. Typically, the bird sits still, watching for movement from a favourite perch. Having sighted its quarry, it plunges into the water and catches the fish usually no deeper than 10 inches below the surface in its dagger-shaped bill. With a swift downstroke of the wings, it bobs to the surface. It then takes the prey back to the perch and stuns the fish by beating it against the perch before swallowing it. Many species also eat crustaceans, amphibians, and reptiles.
September 5th, 2022
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