Feathers, Flight and Freedom

Paula Wiegmink


Feathers, Flight and Freedom' The sight of a red-tailed cockatoo in the wild never ceases to excite me! Luckily I do occasionally spot them in Dunsborough. They are extremely hard to photograph perched high up in the trees, well camouflaged. They are also very weary of humans. I had the privilege of visiting Jamarri, the only cockatoo sanctuary in the South West where I was able to take photographs to use as references for my painting. Sadly Jamarri, closed its doors this year after 34 years. The Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus banksii is currently listed as vulnerable due to the destruction of forests, fires and feral animals. The male displays bright orange-red tail feathers. The female has yellow spots on the wings and head and yellow-orange bars on the chest and tail feathers. The medium I chose to use for 'Feathers, Flight and Freedom' is oil on stretched canvas. Using a multi layering technique, allowing each layer to dry completely before proceeding makes it a lengthy process but enables me to achieve the effect I am looking for.