Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal

"A Gannet's Love"

(European Gannets)
Oils on Canvas 24x12in

I loved this beautiful capture from talented Scottish photographer Karen McDonald and she has kindly let me paint it. The photo was taken at Bass Rock, near Isle of May. Described by David Attenborough as one of the 'wildlife wonders of the world', Bass Rock is home to 150,000 gannets, who return to the rock to the same partner and the same nest! Gannets choose life partners, and this is a typical 'courting gesture' by these stunning birds. The adults will display elaborate greeting rituals upon returning to their nesting sites annually... stretching their necks and bills skywards and tapping their beaks together. Gannets only return to shore to breed...over the winter months they spend their life at sea majestically soaring... they plunge into the ocean from considerable heights and at break-neck speed, in pursuit of fish - it is an amazing show all round!! Their plumage is white with black tips, but in breeding season, their necks turn a light golden brown colour. .

Gannet bird painting in oils by New Zealand wildlife artist Karen Neal

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