Eye at Roost, Roseate Spoonbill

Works on Paper

Finalist

Pastel on paper

93 x 73cm

The last sun’s rays catching the lower iris of the resting spoonbill were so striking, and enhanced its beautiful rich colour. The soft, ruffled, white head feathers, with the wrinkled weathering of the greenish facial skin, and the smooth, dull pink wing feathers provided great contrasts of textures and hues.

by Pete Marshall