Brilliant bird nests placed at centre of new online exhibition by Robert E Fuller
An online Easter art exhibition by a popular wildlife artist and photographer is shining a light on ‘Brilliant Bird Nests’
The varied and ingenious ways in which birds build their nests is the subject of the exhibition opening in time for Easter.
Yorkshire wildlife artist Robert E Fuller drew on a lifetime of watching birds weave intricate nests for this collection, available to view on his website until Friday, April 30.
Alongside finely detailed paintings are notes describing how each species designs a nest to suit the specific needs of its young. There are also stories, films and photographs to enjoy.
Mr Fuller said: “Birds are nature’s master builders.
“They are so inventive. They find just the right material to suit the needs of their young and then weave these into intricate structures using just their beaks!
“Long-tailed tits stitch lengths of cobwebs into their nests so they will stretch as their chicks grow, goldfinches’ line cups woven from grass with soft lamb’s wool, whilst great crested grebes make floating nests to keep their young safe from predators.”
The exhibition also includes paintings of owls and kestrels posed outside their tree nests.
“These species spend a lot of time choosing the perfect place to nest, but once they have decided they don’t do much more than scrape out a hollow for their eggs,” explained Mr Fuller.
“However, I’ve included paintings of them in the collection because I was also inspired by how they nest.”
The virtual exhibition includes links to live cameras streaming from inside barn owl and kestrel nests, where these birds will soon lay their eggs.
To access the online exhibition, visit Robert Fuller’s website on www.robertefuller.com.
And to watch owls and kestrels in their nests see Robert’s live video stream at youtube.com/c/RobertEFuller