Winter Morning: Scarlet Robins by Emily Birks


The scarlet robin is listed as a vulnerable species in the ACT, but finds a haven in the Sanctuary’s woodland. I would occasionally see the robins foraging among a small mixed flock of insect-eating weebills and thornbills. The red feathers of the male were always a welcome sight, particularly on a crisp winter morning

Emily is inspired by the magnificence, uniqueness and personality of Australia’s wildlife. She uses ink or oil pastel to express the colour, pattern, and texture of fur and feathers while focusing on the animal itself.

Emily’s aim is to create highly detailed portraits showing the beauty and character of each subject. Her close connection to native wildlife through animal rescue and encounters as a wildlife carer have given her a desire to share with the viewer how lucky we are to live in Australia with these remarkable creatures.

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