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Helmeted Honeyeater
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Published: October 30, 2013
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This is a piece I did for Losing Altitude -  a collab aimed at raising awareness for the plight of endangered birds. It's a mix of paper cutting and quilling. All the feathers were hand cut. You won't see it here but each feather was then embossed using a scribe to give a typical feather pattern.

The Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is a critically endangered species endemic to Victoria, our only endemic bird. It's a subspecies of yellow-tufted honey eater. The helmeted honey eater gets its name from the helmet-like tuft of yellow feathers on it's crown, a distinguishing feature of the species. Much of the urgency around its conservation surrounds the fact that it's Victoria's bird emblem, and letting an emblematic species go extinct doesn't bode well.

It's threatened by all the usual suspects: loss of habitat, habitat degradation, introduced species and anthropogenic climate change.

I depicted the pair here with a stylised representation of the manuka scrub (Leptospermum scoparium). This plant is found in the Yellingbo </span>Nature Conservation Reserve, the only place the honeyeaters are found. It's typical of the type of fauna the honeyeaters use as both habitat and food.

Despite their name, the consumption of 'honey', (that is nectar, plant sap and honeydew) only makes up a small part of their diet. Most of it is made up for invertebrates, and parents will almost exclusively feed their chicks insects. 

If you'd like to know more about these guys you'll find the recovery plan here.

Image size
1000x1367px 1.57 MB
Canon EOS 600D
Shutter Speed
1/12 second
Focal Length
35 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 30, 2013, 8:41:01 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Windows
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birdsnwater Traditional Artist
Exquisite work. Thank you for doing this and thank you for sharing.
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OnyanaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Really wonderful.
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mikesmom37Student General Artist
ok...this is just incredibly cool and awesomely incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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that's amazing <3
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vinterbarnetHobbyist General Artist
Wow. Really pretty! It must have taken a while to make all those feathers. Love all the details!
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You are such a creative individual. This is so beautiful.
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JyotiRautProfessional Artist
This is wonderful! I like the stance of the birds!
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claremansonHobbyist Artisan Crafter
There is no end o your talents!
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aphid777Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can do just about anything, can't you? :D  Beautiful work! :la:
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fqttHobbyist General Artist
whooaaa, this is super awesome!!  I love this style of art.  It's for such a great cause, as well!
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MelodiaMysticHobbyist General Artist
Stunning ! 
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Holy cow, those details.
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WateryGraveStudent General Artist
That's really lovely.
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Very beautiful work!  Heart :happybounce: Heart
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ohmyveeHobbyist General Artist
A see a lot of work and a beautiful art!
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Wow, how intricate... <3
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