Southern African Bird series

Last September I started to paint the first in what I hope to be a series illustrating some of the more colorful and diverse species of Southern African Birds. South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world, offering an unbeatable combination and variety of birds. Of the 850 or so species that have been recorded in South Africa, about 725, or 85%, are resident or annual visitors, and about 50 of these are endemic or near- endemic to South Africa, and can only be seen in the country. 
 

Southern Carmine Bee-Eater on Easel compared to the reference photo, the first painting of the series.

Southern Carmine Bee-Eater on Easel compared to the reference photo, the first painting of the series.