Thursday, April 16, 2009

Laysan Albatross at Ka'ena Point, Hawaii - Watercolor Painting

Ka'ena Point State Park on the island of Oahu, Hawaii is a remote area with a large nature preserve where many birds can be sighted. My Hawaii son spotted this Laysan Albatross with her chick on a grassy knoll overlooking the crashing surf. In the distance, her mate is hunting for food. The chick will take 160 days to fledge and will not return to the Hawaiian islands colony for three years. It will be seven or eight years before it finds a life-long mate and has its own first chick.
I love how this painting came out with the huge swell of waves. You get the sense of a bright, sparkling clear day!

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