The Art of Regina Rossdeutscher
Raptors of the Tweed
Miniature painting series, each 170 x 120 cm, acrylic on board.
I have attempted to respond to the diversity and beauty of our diurnal raptors (birds of prey that are active during the day). Using acrylic paint for the first time on the Green Cauldron Panorama in 2012 was a major challenge. I was able to depict all nineteen species that have been recorded in the Tweed region.
This series of five miniatures enabled me to further develop my skills and pay detailed attention to the plumage of these magnificent birds.
The gliders are a specialised type of possum, with four species known to occur in the Tweed : Feather-tailed, Sugar, Squirrel and Yellow-bellied. All are nocturnal, feeding in the forest canopy by night, and tucked away in
tree hollows by day. Gliding is made possible by a soft flexible membrane of skin extending from the hind to the front legs.
The diet of the Squirrel Glider Petaurus norfolcensis varies seasonally and usually consists of acacia gum, eucalypt sap and nectar, along with invertebrates and pollen. Interestingly, the outer western suburbs of Brisbane appear to be one of their strongholds.