White-tailed tropicbirds are seen on tropical islands in the Atlantic and Pacific where they will come in from the ocean to breed in spring. They lay a single egg into a small hole in a coral cliff or in the ground. The rest of the year, they remain largely out at sea. In Bermuda, where I had the pleasure of seeing them, they are called Longtails.
This scene is a Hawaiian beach late in the day. A tropicbird is searching for food before dark. I am very pleased with the sky and the reflection of the sunset colors in this painting. When painting sky with watercolors, it's such a delight because you never know exactly how it will turn out. You wet the paper in just the right spots, drop in the paint and see what happens!
- This painting has been sold but let me know if you would like a similar painting. I'll be happy to create it for you!