by Sylvie Gerozisis
Pigment ink print on Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm. 100% Cotton Paper.
23 x 33cm (to suit 11 x 14" frame)
The Yellow Wattlebird is endemic to Tasmania and is the largest of all the honeyeaters, and can weigh up to 250 gms. In the past (as late as the 1970’s), they were subject to an open shooting season. This was because their diet of nectar made them especially delicious eating.
The Yellow Wattlebird is so named because of the rich yellow wattles which are long and pendulous and quite distinctive. They can be quite aggressive when they’ve found a cache of nectar laden plants, and will drive off smaller honey eating birds which might compete for this bounty. While the nectar of banksia flowers is a favourite, they also feed off flowering eucalypts, and insects and spiders as well as manna, and have been known to peck at orchard fruit.
The patterning of their plummage is quite beautiful - unfortunately their calls are not; being quite harsh and raucous.
The pattern along the side of this art work is a stylised representation of the fruit of the banksia in which this bird is perched.