Friday, October 21, 2011

Kingfishers

With over 90 species of Kingfishers spread across the tropical and temperate regions of the world, India is home to about 12 species. These bright plumaged stubby birds with their straight, pointed dagger-like bill, occur in a wide range of habitats and are most commonly associated with rivers, streams and lakes.  There are some kingfisher species found in forested habitats away from water too. Also one that thrives in the driest desert of Australia !


I have composed the kingfishers in a misty morning with the dead logs adding to the typical Kabini set up. In the painting, the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) and the stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) perch on the dead wooden logs, patiently waiting for their prey; while a pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) hovers over the still waters  to make a dive for its prey. 

9 comments:

Srik said...

Absolutely stunning work! Like the kabini theme as well! Thanks for sharing!

keep them coming! :)

Sandy said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

molarbear's posts said...

Beautiful, Suvi, where is this being displayed? I'd like to come and see it.

Uma said...

SUPERB!! Totally lovely!

Anonymous said...

amongst birds, kingfishers are unique in having two fovea seperated by a wall, the pecten, one for use in water, the other on land. mbk.

MEROPS said...

Thank you everyone !
@Deepa.. you are welcome to drop in to my studio anytime next week. :)
thanks for the info mbk! :)

Amrita Tripathy said...

Hey the painting is really lovely...! in love with your artwork again and again..!

Varsha Madhukar said...

Brilliant work! One should learn attention to detail from you. Inspiring artist indeed :)

Raj R said...

Brilliant work ! no words say !