Australian Wood Duck (Female)
'Birds of Tasmania' Fine Art Print
Artwork by Sylvie Gerozisis
Pigment ink print on 100% Cotton Rag archival paper
Open Edition Print
21 x 29.7cm (A4)
To suit 11 x 14" frame
This duck which is related to pygmy geese, is also known as the Maned Duck, because of the mane along the male’s head and neck, which it can raise or lower.
These ducks mate for life and nest in holes in trees, with the adults encouraging the ducklings to leap out, often from alarming heights, soon after hatching. Otherwise they are excellent parents and protect their young, performing distraction displays such as shamming an injured wing when alarmed, to distract the intruder.
They are becoming increasingly common in Tasmania, where they’re starting to breed in large numbers. Flocks often number in the hundreds and gather in southern districts in autumn and winter. They are grazing birds and can be a nuisance when they feed on crops.
They are particularly fond of perching on fence railings, especially near water, which is where this pair were seen, doing just that.
The pattern is a stylised representation of the small water creatures which frequent the dams and lakes where these ducks like to swim.
Sylvie Gerozisis is a Tasmanian Botanical Artist, whose work also extends to Tasmanian wildlife subjects and landscapes.
She studied Fine Arts at Sydney University and Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and has taught Visual Art as well as Design and Technology.
Sylvie works almost exclusively in watercolour, and her artwork often incorporates distinctive elements of pattern and design, which relate strongly to the particular subject.
She has exhibited widely over the years and her artwork is held in private collections throughout Australia.
The artwork is printed on 100% cotton rag archival paper. All prints have been personally checked and hand signed by the artist.