Monday, May 15, 2017

Surfs Up Little Tawaki!

Just finished this wee chap "Westie"the Fiordland Crested Penguin also formally known as 'Tawaki' in Aotearoa NZ.

His bleach blonde head stripes reminded me so much of the surfie guys with their unruly sun-bleached hair. Just like a surfer Westie is awesome navigating the surf around the western coastline of the South Island. He doesnt really need a surfboard as his big shiny white puku (tummy) is great for surfing on.

Westie the Crested Penguin
Acrylic on Canvas
20cm H x 15cm W (8" x 6")

Unfortunately he's on New Zealands endangered species list. The culprits for the 
declining population are stoats, dogs and humans disturbing their nest ...

(which freaks them out and they don't return home again to feed their young)

... they also get caught up in fishing nets - heartbreaking stuff! For more information on 
the Fiordland Crested Penguin go HERE

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