Waxeye

Carving: Fantail pair

Date: 2018

Location: Private collection

THE CARVING: A waxeye. Carved from Kauri that used to be a door from an old villa. Eyes are onyx, legs cast metal and painted with artist acrylics.

Set upon found wood.

Mounts to the wall with a french cleat (supplied)

The birds

THE BIRD: The silvereye colonised New Zealand from Australia in the 1850s, and is now one of New Zealand’s most abundant and widespread bird species. It is found throughout New Zealand and its offshore and outlying islands, occurring in most vegetated habitats, including suburban gardens, farmland, orchards, woodlands and forests.

Silvereyes are small songbirds that are easily recognised by their conspicuous white eye-ring; their plumage is mainly olive-green above and cream below. It is an active, mobile species that moves about frequently, including making sea crossings.

Dimensions

Life size. Wall mounted.