Broad-billed Motmot

Broad-billed Motmot

Acrylic on canvas, 27.5×19″


This beautiful bird is found from Central America to the Amazon Basin.  I first saw it at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center located in Gamboa in Panama (have a look at their website at https://pipelineroad.org/en/).   This is a great place to do birding in Panama as it is easily accessible, within the preserved rainforest areas that straddle both sides of the Panama Canal in along the Chagres River was flooded create the Canal, also creating Gatun Lake in the process.

I did this painting as I do with most of my subjects, from my own reference material…in this case really close-range photos.  We were just leaving the amazing hummingbird feeding station that is one of the core attractions at the Center, when I literally bumped into the bird that was quietly perched at eye level just a few metres in front of me; it posed long enough for me to get some nice photographs.  It is a small to mid-sized bird, and a beauty! I started the painting back in June 2019 and only finished up in October 2020!  Of course, only have time to paint on weekends and during daylight hours as without a studio I work on the backyard terrace in natural light.


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