It's done! I've painted the last bird (a Crested Serpent Eagle, by the way) from the Birds of Borneo project, and am excited to start sending out backer rewards. The paintings were all on display during the October Whatcom Artist Studio tour, and it was a lot of fun to show them off to so many visitors!
I'll be sending out survey emails shortly to get mailing addresses, reward preferences and so on. Be sure to reply to the upcoming survey so I'll know what to send and where! Also, some of you will need to pick prints for your rewards. Please save this email so you'll know what images are available.
Thanks again, so much, for helping me out with this project. It's been such a fun experience to have the backing not only of friends and family, but people new to me who had the faith to invest in a total stranger. I could go on, but thought you might prefer to see the paintings instead...
Stork-billed Kingfisher, spotted on a tributary of the Kinabatangan River.
Scarlet-backed Trogon. Seeing this bird was quite a gift for me; having just peeled a tiger leech off my leg and beginning to wonder what in the world I was doing hiking alone in a strange jungle, spotting this trogon made it all seem worthwhile.
Racket-tailed Drongo spotted the same day as the trogon. I had no idea what this bird was, but it was sure easy to identify later, with that tail.
Little Spider Hunter. This little bird took me on a wild goose...er, spider-hunter chase through the gardens at the Rainforest Discovery Center.
Egret. I would love to tell you the exact species of this egret, but for me it's impossible. There were so many sizes and variations on the Kinabatangan river, with legs and beaks changing color depending on season. Despite pouring over books, I can only tell you that it is an egret.
Dollar Birds. These guys looked nearly black, but showed many other colors on closer inspection. Supposedly the marks under their wings remind people of an American Dollar. I didn't make the same connection, though...
Crested Serpent Eagle. The first time I saw one of these birds with a giant snake clutched in its talons I couldn't believe I'd been so fortunate. The fifth time, I realized that these birds have truly earned the name.
Buffy Fish Owl. I rarely see an owl here at home, so to see one along the river bank was a real treat.
Blue-throated Bee-eaters. These gregarious birds were frequently perched in the tree tops near the river bank.
Black and Yellow Broadbill. Inexperience allowed me to leave an air conditioned guest house and head out before dawn to photograph birds without allowing the camera lens access to the air. I spotted this bird right off, removed the lens cap, and watched with horror as the lens steamed over. This little guy waited for me while I held the lens in the sunlight for a half hour until it dried.
Asian Pied Hornbill. The first time I saw one of these birds flying through the canopy, I couldn't believe my luck. A few days up the river, and I was dismissing them as easily as crows. Funny what you get used to!
And, last of all, the Blue-eared Kingfisher, which started this whole project in the first place.
Once again, thanks for making the Birds of Borneo a success! This doesn't have to be good-bye, however. I am constantly making new paintings (many of them bird-related) and posting on my Facebook page. Please stop by and follow the page if you'd like to see more.
All the best,