Here’s a sneak preview of my almost complete painting of a species of bird very close to my heart.

The rare, elusive and slightly bonkers Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) – a bird well adapted for Summer in East Anglia, in particular – the Brecks (Breckland) in Norfolk.

I am lucky enough to spend a lot of time with these extraordinary birds, having special access to watch breeding pairs around the area. My fabulous other half monitors them, which is part of his job as warden of Weeting Heath Nature Reserve.

Stone Curlew are extremely difficult to spot, due to their very effective camouflage which they use to defend themselves against predators, such as fox and raptors.

Breckland skies are always awe-inspiring, especially at dawn and dusk. I just adore the colours, especially the muted pastels that occur. I used these muted, cooler tones in this painting and depicted the Stone Curlew at dusk, on a warm, hazy Summer’s evening.

You can find out more about this enigma of a bird here.