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Alcedo athhis, common kingfisher

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Alcedo athhis, common kingfisher

Watercolour by Charles F. Tunnicliffe (c. 1973)

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This stunning watercolor painting captures the vibrant beauty of the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), a beloved bird species found in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Painted by the renowned British artist Charles F. Tunnicliffe around 1973, this artwork showcases the bird perched confidently on a slender branch overhanging a clear, tranquil body of water. The Common Kingfisher is a member of the kingfisher family (Alcedinidae) and order Coraciiformes, which also includes bee-eaters and rollers. This eudicot, or advanced dicotyledon, is characterized by its distinctive elongated, sharp, and downcurved bill, used for catching prey in the water. The bird's blue-and-orange plumage is a striking contrast against the green foliage of the angiosperm, or flowering plant, in the background. The Common Kingfisher is a diurnal, or daytime, bird, and can often be spotted hunting along the edges of bodies of water. Its anatomy is perfectly adapted for its aquatic lifestyle, with webbed feet and the ability to hover in mid-air above the water before plunging into it to catch fish. This artwork is a testament to Tunnicliffe's exceptional skill in capturing the intricacies of avian anatomy and the natural world. The Common Kingfisher's expressive, alert gaze and the delicate rendering of its feathers and scales make this painting a true masterpiece in the art of ornithology. The Eurasian Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a beloved bird species, and this watercolor painting is a beautiful reminder of the natural world's beauty and diversity. Whether you're an avid birdwatcher, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the art of ornithology, this painting is sure to inspire awe and wonder.

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