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New Holland Honeyeaters by MBoulad New Holland Honeyeaters by MBoulad
New Holland Honeyeaters, blue banded bee and bottlebrush.

Funny, I was researching native bees about a month ago (I know, it's a weird pasttime, but I like reading about stuff like that) when I first came across info on the blue banded bee. They are one of many beautiful and interesting native Australian bees. I'd never seen one before (or probably never noticed them :) ) I first saw one two days after reading about them, and the thing you can't see from a photo or painting is the absolute fat fuzzy cuteness of one in real life. They're so adorable you can imagine hugging them like a teddy bear :)

I've seen honey eaters in fairly good numbers at the botanic gardens here in Canberra, and wanted to paint them for a long time. I think they're quite beautiful.

Just as an aside, we've had unsettled weather this last couple of weeks. A storm was coming in a couple of days ago...ahead of the storm I saw two things I've never seen before-- First, two wedge tail eagles being chased by a couple of galahs! I've never seen them in the city before, though I've had some awe inspiring close encounters with them in the bush...it was so funny to see them being chased by two much smaller and very obnoxious galahs.

And a peregrin falcon was perched on our back fence not 20 minutes later!

I wonder if the wild weather had driven them into the city to seek shelter, we don't often see raptors in the 'burbs...or at least *I* don't :)

Anyway, enough geeky bird talk... I hope you enjoy this & thanks for looking. Comments and critique always welcome. Apologies if I can't answer right away, this is going to be a busy weekend...hope you're all enjoying yours as well :)
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GreenMacawStudios Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great and colorful picture!
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Vampiric-Conure Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Absolutely stunning :) Wish I could do birds this well, lol!
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lemurkat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the fact you've drawn one looking at the camera. I draw birds compulsively and I still haven't managed to do that successlly, although I have tried it on occasion, I usually draw in profile...
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KestrelRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! *_* I love watching these little honeyeaters in the wild, and you have captured them perfectly! Also, is that bee also found in Western Austalia, because I think I have seen one or one like it before? :)
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FForns Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
What a talented artist you are!
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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inspyretash Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
This is great reminds me of my childhood home in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Aaah. :)
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ayame262 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Great job! It has a lot of detail and the honeyeaters look great! So does the bee!
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KillerAngel47 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Hello fellow Australian!! :D :D I had another weird experience like that with a falcon recently. I stepped outside my house one day to find a falcon right up close grabbing an entire bird's nest and flying off, with the brood's parents (a pair of Silver Eyes) chasing after it and screaming in total panic. It was quite an experience!! :D

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Great work! :D :D :D
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
Aw, poor little silver eyes...but a falcons' gotta eat :) What an interesting experience, though, to see a falcon in action like that :) The birds I saw were all being harrassed by more pleblian species, they weren't exactly acting dignified lol.
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