Kookaburra's Portrait by Anica Amphlett is an original watercolour painting. It measures 27cm x 37cm and is unframed.

I was totally inspired by a very handsome Kookaburra on our recent trip away. Although we had to cut our trip short due to Covid, we still had a lovely few days away. Down at Corowa on the NSW and Vic border, a gorgeous Kookaburra posed for me from all angles. Shortly another Kookaburra came along, but I must say, he wasn't quite as good-looking. So, the first Kooka was definitely the one!

I ended up painting this gorgeous guy from one of my many photos, and here he is. They're not all the same, are they?


This series represents my selection of six Australian native birds that are significant to me and to many other bird-loving Australians. Their feathers are white, grey, black or brown without much colour or hardly any. The background colours of bright blue and umber signify their freedom in our skies and the umber brings them back down to earth.

The technical focus is not particularly on detail, even though there is some, but predominantly on their expressions. Their eyes are larger than normal but represent windows to their souls.

Kookaburra's Portrait

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