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The Bush Rovers

Michael McWilliams
Acrylic on linen • 123 × 153 cm

Birds are an ever-present link to the natural world. Their ability to fly has enabled them to explore the planet in a way that is impossible for other animals. I admire and envy birds’ ability to fly because I would love to experience the beauty of Tasmania’s majestic landscape from a bird’s vantage point. The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is a nomadic wanderer, often being seen in forests, bushland or around agricultural and residential areas, especially when bad weather threatens the higher areas. This painting depicts the hills below the Western Tiers with cockatoos on early morning foraging flight.