12. Kakaruwai, South Island Robin (Petroica australis)


Kakaruwai, South Island Robin (Petroica australis)
Original painting

There are three robin species endemic to Aotearoa, New Zealand. The North Island, black (or Chatham Island) and South Island robin, depicted here.
The South Island robin is a small friendly forest dwelling bird and if it's territory is near a track or other situation in which it is regularly exposed to human activity it will venture close to human visitors who remain relatively still and quiet. Even better a human who disturbs the debri of the forest floor so they might easily pick out grubs.

A5 size, 148 x 210mm

These original works are from the the exhibition 'A Few' - the third installment in an ongoing series of natural history illustrations depicting native and resident species of Aotearoa, New Zealand - by Erin Forsyth. They may be viewed in person at the exhibition taking place at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in Auckland October 30 - December 9.
A variety of native flora and fauna are represented in this collection with special attention given to the manu/birds (Avifauna), pekapeka/bats (Chiroptera), pepe or pūrerehua/butterflies (Lepidoptera) and rakau/trees. It is the artist’s intention to continue to grow this series, providing insight to the unique biological (bio) diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Details of this work appear on the poster 'Taonga O Aotearoa', produced in collboration between the artist Erin Forsyth and Predator Free NZ Trust.

All works have been painted in Schmincke Horadam gouache on Arches hot pressed, 300GSM, 100% cotton paper by the artist during 2018, and have not previously been exhibited unless specified. Exact dates of completion can be found in pencil on most works.

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