April 23, 2008

martin7.JPGA long day, topped of with about 5 straight hours of painting. I get in the zone and “Zen” out. I finished a really nice piece that I have named “Martins of Corcovado” It is by far, my best work yet. A pair of martins in flight, the male with mouth wide open and head turned towards his mate. In the background a stunning vista of Mount Corcovado in Brazil, with a distant “Jesus the Redeemer” at the top of the mountain. I have never been to Mt. “C”  but I have been told it is spectacular. I am more than half way done with 2 other pieces from my martin house series. I am very pleased so far.

Now to jot down a note about my birds, I did half a nest check today and a nest was in the process of hatching. 3 freshly hatched nestlings and 2 eggs amongst them. Another gourd with 6 eggs is 2 days over due to hatch. I am concerned but a fresh leaf was on top of them so they appear to being tended to. It is in a gourd that is hard to see so I will have to make a bigger effort to watch whats going on with that gourd. Tomorrow a reporter from the local newspaper is going to come by and I will do the other half of the nest check then. The house is full of incubating mothers and new nestlings. I found 2 egg shells on the ground below the house. I must admit when I realized they were not chicken egg shells, my heart stopped for a moment. Then I noticed that they were cut perfectly in half-as if by egg tooth.

Now to sleep, perchance to dream.

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