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RED-BILLED HORNBILL (2002)
ink wash and watercolor on watercolor paper 20" x 30"
Around the first of December, hot winds begin to blow fine sand from the Sahara across the savannas and deciduous scrub woods of Africa's Sahel, that transitional zone between desert and the equatorial forest belt to the south. Thus begins the Harmattan, a three-month season during which the entire world appears dingy gray-brown. In this painting, three of the Sahel's most conspicuous avian residents, a Black Kite (Milvus migrans), two Gray Plantain-eaters (Crinifer piscator), and a Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) perch among the naked tree branches that characterize the season.