Spotted Pardalote in Shining Gum
by Sylvie Gerozisis
Pigment ink print on Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm. 100% Cotton Paper.
Open Edition Print
23x33cm (to suit 11x14" frame)
The jewel-like pattern of spots on its body has given the Spotted Pardalote an alternative name, which is Diamond Bird. This brightly colourful little bird is the tiniest of the pardalotes and this particular one together with its mate, built its underground nest in a heap of brickies sand which we had stored near the base of the Eucalyptus viminalis, otherwise known as the Manna Gum, at the top of our driveway.
The pardalote would perch in the branches and feed off manna (a sweet gum exuded by this tree) as well as insects in the foliage, while excavating its nest below. It’s extraordinary to see the pardalote arriving at its underground nest, because it dives into the nest in full flight, which can be quite amusing, but perturbing at the same time.
The pattern along one side and across the lower edge of the painting represents a crystalline structure of jewels and the manna which exudes from this eucalypt.