Western Tanager & Bitterbrush, 8x12 metal print (SOLD but available as a custom order)
The Western Tanager is one of our most common forest birds in Eastern Washington, and with a yellow body and red head (on the male) you'd think they'd be easy to see! Surprisingly, they can be hard to find, blending into the high treetops and dappled sunlight, but we do hear it's "pit-r-ick" call all day. Why the red head? Much of the red we see in other birds comes from plants they eat, but in the Tanager it comes from rhodoxanthin, a pigment they get from eating certain insects. The amount of red on any male’s head can vary quite a bit, with young males having hardly any red. The redder the head, the more virile the male appears to females, who want a strong, healthy mate!"
This is a digitally modified photograph so that the image looks like a painting. I often work in this medium, which takes a lot of time and experimentation, and I love it for certain images. It creates an artsy and unique look. This is printed on metal and ready to hang as frameless, free-floating wall art, including in humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Priced at 8x12 on metal but also available in other sizes (10x10 is popular) and mediums such as Thin Wrap or Canvas. Shipping included in price.