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Kōkako – "Kōkako and Kohekohe" is an artwork of one of New Zealand’s rare birds the North Island Kōkako, a bird fondly known for its incredible haunting song that echoes through the forest. The bird perches on a cluster of blooming Kohekohe, a native New Zealand tree that the Kōkako like to feed on. Hannah photographed Kahurangi the special female Kōkako at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre where they have done incredible work to help the species. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Saddleback – "Tīeke Aroha" (meaning Saddleback Love) is an artwork that expresses the love a family has for one another. The Saddleback are looking affectionately to one another, with an adult pictured above and a young juvenile below. They are perched on a Kawakawa branch, which the Saddleback likes to feed on, but additionally the Kawakawa has beautiful heart shaped leaves, representing love and the special connection a parent and their child has. Hannah photographed the pair of Saddleback on Tiritiri Matangi Island, a predator-free island off the coast of Whangaparoa. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Fantail – "Tauawhi Pīwakawaka" This artwork is of a very friendly pair of Fantails that Hannah photographed at Kina Beach, Tasman while on a bird watching trip in the South Island. The Maori word ‘Tauawhi’ translates to hug, embrace and support (one another) as Fantails are often found happily, roosting together in cold weather. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm)
Tūī – "Flying Free" The stunning Tūī image was referenced from John Parker (Maddox Photography) who captured the Tūī photo in Kihikihi, where numbers have significantly increased thanks to the ‘Halo Project’ in Hamilton. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm)
Kākā – "Kākā revival" Kākā Revival is an artwork that celebrates the growing population of the Kākā in the Wellington region. The artwork is based on a photograph taken by Hannah at Zealandia in Karori, Wellington. By the end of the 2018/19 breeding season over 1,000 Kākā have been banded by their very successful program. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
Hihi – "Rays of sunlight" This artwork is a pair of curious Stitchbird (Hihi) sitting in one of their favourite trees, the Karamu. The Māori bird name Hihi also translates to ‘ray of sun’, which is a nice reflection to the beautiful, bright yellow chest of the male bird (below). The reference photographs were taken by Hannah at Zealandia. Size – A3 (297mm x 420mm).
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Hannah Shand (www.hannahshandart.com) is a Kāpiti based artist who specialises in detailed animal sketches, with a passion for New Zealand birds. She creates her realistic drawings using fine tip black ink pens. Skillfully applying different pressures, she carefully renders fine details of the animals's feathers, fur, skin or scales.