The Bicudinho-do-brejo, endemic to the marshes and swamps of the state of Paraná, Brazil, is an endangered species. Discovered in the 1990s by biologists/ornithologists (and good friends) Dr. Bianca Reinert and Marcos Bornshein. This species is also at home at the Lagoa do Parado, at the Reserva Bicudinho-do-brejo ( www.facebook.com/reservabicudinhodobrejo , you don't have to be a member of Facebook to view this professional Page) and you can even friend her on Facebook - Bicudinho Do Brejo. The English name for this lovely little bird is the Marsh Antwren. Bianca is very familiar with the daily life of these birds and their daily dramas, even recognizing individual birds.
The reserve is a very special project and my husband and I are both involved with it. For that reason, the next several months will be devoted to expressing the beauty of the reserve and its wildlife inhabitants through my paintngs, in watercolor, such as this one, but also pastel and oil.
The image below shows the beginning of this painting (the male of the species), with my usual detailed drawing of the primary subject matter, and initial background washes. I wanted to keep a free and loose approach to the background in contrast to the detail I will be painitng of the bird, the beginning of which is shown in the image at the top of the page. And soon.......the finished painting, with special thanks to biologist/ornithologist Ricardo Belmonte Lopes for providing the photographic reference !