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Blue Ghost

Acrylic painting on canvas, 300 x 300mm, 2015

Blue Ghost depicts New Zealand's endemic kōkako bird, which is related to the extinct huia bird whose feathers were a taonga (treasure) among Māori. The North Island kōkako with blue wattles is endangered with fewer than 400 pairs existing in isolated forest areas.

The South Island kōkako was considered extinct until 2013 when rare sightings brought its Department of Conservation classification back from 'extinct' to 'data deficient'. Now known as the Grey Ghost, there is renewed hope for the South Island kokako, whose bright orange wattles set it apart from its northern relatives. However the bird’s incredibly shy and secretive visual nature, coupled with its unusual tendency to very rarely produce vocalizations and possibly even mimic the song of other bird species, is making it impossible to to acquire unequivocal video, audio or photographic evidence.

Limited edition print available - click 'add to cart'
Limited edition of 75 signed prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality called hahnemuhle photo rag 308gsm. Image size is 700mm high x 700mm wide surrounded by an unprinted white border.  Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD).  Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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