Fairy Wrens - 5" x 7" oil on hardboard/masonite
I was absolutely enchanted by these little birds when I saw the photo taken by aussiegall at flickr. I've done some research about them and they come from the family Maluridae. This family includes 14 species of fairywren, 3 emu-wrens, and 10 grasswrens.
I believe, although I am not sure, that the little birds I have painted are fledglings. Certainly in my mind they were as I painted them, hugging closely to each other as they face the brave new world - I can just imagine touching their soft plumage; how lovely that would be.