Topknots at Tullawallal

Work in progress… ink outline of the topknot pigeon nature study

We usually only glimpse the topknot pigeons flying high and fast overhead, a steady workmanlike beat of strong grey wings and a flash of pink beak. But last week they were in the treetops at Tullawallal. It’s the highest point of the forest near Binna Burra, crowned by Nothofagus moorei (myrtle beech) trees which erupt multi-stemmed from among the large mossy grey boulders.

I don’t know why the topknots were there, since they are fruit eaters and Nothofagus only produces dry seeds. We saw some fancy flying and a showy fanned tail – perhaps the topknots were using the high point of Tullawallal to launch their courtship display flights?

The finished nature study – or do you think I should add colour to the leaves and trees?

4 Responses

  1. Sue

    I like the colour on the birds as is…maybe a neutral tea stain or taupe on the background?
    Just sayin’☺️
    Lovely work Paula!

    • Paula Peeters

      Hi Sue, yes I was wondering about a very pale wash. I like your idea of a tea-like stain. Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Belinda Daly

    That image is absolutely stunning. I don’t know how you get the eye to look like that! So detailed and accurate.
    Love your work.

    • Paula Peeters

      Hey Belinda thanks! It really is just about looking closely and drawing what you see. I know, easier said than done :). Thanks for your appreciation 🙂 🙂