Birds of a feather

Our native birds may not have exotic, brightly coloured, plumage but they are uniquely distinctive. Does our lack of native mammals make our native birds an even more important source of visual inspiration in our creativity? Or, is it simply that the delightful silhouette and fluttering flight of a fantail makes it such a compelling resource for artists?

Spring is in the air!

“Spring is here, Spring is here! Life is skittles and life is beer!” Thus sang Tom Lehrer and, if we ignore the fact that the rest of the song gets rather homicidal towards pigeons, most of us would agree that a little springtime weather lifts the spirits and makes the outdoors suddenly seem a whole lot more appealing than mere days ago.