My work on birds is designed to bring the lives of winged families closer to us. To create a window to see and open our hearts and minds to their world and in so doing, be moved to take greater care of the natural world. All proceeds from any sales of my work goes to BirdLife.org.au to support endangered species.
This is Binky, who is a young magpie mother (4-5 years old) who has just had her first family with Caruso. Sadly she lost her first daughter. She is quite a forceful character and does not like sharing.
Australia or Gondwanaland is now believed to be where the ancestor of all the world’s songbirds originated. The song birds include our littlest birds and many of them are disappearing through loss of habitat. They need us to know and care about their survival.
I am lucky to have a sister who shares her much loved magpie family with me. This is Sister Girl who has raised her young with great care. We have rejoiced as the babies grow strong and grieved with her when they do not make it. Not only do magpies love their families, they are very clever; they play, can recognise their human people, imitate and learn songs and share child raising. Sadly in our cities, it is very hard for young magpies to make it to adulthood. Of any 39 young magpies hatched in a season only one survives to breeding age.