Toucan & Papaya


This painting is an example of one that was compiled over several years. My experiences and travels to the tropics are something I have been doing for more than 25 years, and each time I go I discover something new and fascinating. Remember that gathering research, experience, sketching, etc. can take a long period of time. A few years ago, I witnessed a group of small aracaris gorging themselves on a papaya tree. After doing a little research, I discovered these birds are related to the toucan, and their bills are specifically designed to dig into the flesh of fruits like papaya. They ingest both the fruit and seeds. This is ...

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