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The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) may have an unusual name, but it has historic past: It is often mentioned in Mesoamerican mythology; it is the national bird of Guatemala; its image is found on the country's flag and coat of arms, and it lends its name to the country's currency, the Guatemalan quetzal.


The species  body is about 15 inches long, and the tail can be another 26 inches. It is the largest member of the trogon order (Wikipedia).


The photograph upon which this painting is based was taken by professional wildlife photographer Glenn Bartley of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

​RESPLENDENT QUETZAL

Watercolor

March, 2018,

original is 18" x 24"

The Chestnut-Backed Tanager (Tangara preciosa) is found in the southern half of South America.  It is one of a number of types of Tanagers, all of which are strikingly colored (Editor's note: this will not be the last Tanager I paint! 


The photograph upon which this painting is based was taken by professional wildlife photographer Glenn Bartley of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

CHESTNUT-BACKED TANAGER

Watercolor

January, 2018

original is 18" x 24"

  1. Yes, I know. It's not a bird. Well, when Brenda sends me a photograph that I perceive is worthy of an attempt to commit it to watercolor, I go with the flow. Brenda said this fox cub was about 60 to 70 feet from her when she captured it with her 500 mm lens. I couldn't resist. Hope she doesn't send me too many more photos of non-birds.... I may have to change the name of my website!