I might have suggested to a few people that I’ve done artworks (mosaics) of some Aussie birds and promised to post some photos of them.  Lately though, I have been concentrating on dog mosaics, but I find myself returning to birds time and again.  I have tremendous admiration for people who can photograph birds well, because I find it incredibly difficult to take a decent photo of my mosaics.  They glitter and sparkle at all angles, hence it is virtually impossible to take a photo without being blinded by reflection.   I love big bold colour, so I guess a little sparkle goes with the territory. 

The first three birds I made as non-Xmas gifts for my family this year.   The Canberra Ornithologist Group kindly gave me permission to produce artworks from their photographs.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Copyright Tracy 2017).  The cockatoos are large parrots.
Eastern Spinebill (Copyright Tracy 2017) – a small honeyeater.
Black-Shouldered Kite (Copyright 2017).  Under the tail is white, however this hovering raptor is casting a shadow on its under-carriage.


And a few of my older pieces:

Masked Lapwing Chick – what is not to love about the plover?
Blue Wrens
Blue-Winged Kookaburra

Have you made any mosaics?  I would love to see them.  Post photos of your mosaics in the comments so that we can all enjoy them.  Can’t find the comments section?  Keep scrolling past the social media icons and blog tags at the bottom of the post.








19 thoughts on “Birds of Tile & Feather

  1. These are amazing!! I love the little lapwing chick nestled under its mom’s legs. Very creative! It is so sweet and endearing. And the kite – super cool flight shot! I really love the colors in all of them. They really are very unique works of art.Do you sell them?

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    1. Thank you. I love them too. I’ve sold a few, mainly to friends. And have done a couple of dog commissions. They are incredibly time consuming, and the weather needs to be not too hot, not too cold, so I really only have about six months a year I can work on them. Any profit above the cost of materials, goes to charity. Mostly I do it for love. The lapwing chick I gave to my friend as a wedding present. I know she will cherish it. 🙂

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      1. Kangaroo grass. True. Scientific name is Themeda triandra. Themeda – from the Arabic word thaemed, which means a depression in which water lies after rain, subsequently drying in summer. And triandra – from the Greek words treis (three) and aner (man).

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      2. I looked it up. We would call them “foxtails” which is our slang, I guess, for a whole bunch of nasty grasses that can burrow into a dog and kill it. They were a huge problem for my dogs and me when I lived in California out in the hills. I’m glad your dog is OK.

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    1. Thank you, Martha. The black-shouldered kite is one of my favourite birds too. Whenever we go on a long drive, my family always plays the spot-the-black-shouldered-kite game. It keeps us entertained, and so it seemed fitting that I make a mosaic of him. I have contemplated making a big wedge-tailed eagle mosaic for the garden, but I think that may scare away the tiny birds. I need to think about that one some more.

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  2. These are fantastic Tracy! Particularly loved the Blue Wrens and the Lapwing chick- so cute!- and Eastern Spinebills are one of my favourite birds!!! Well done!

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  3. Thank you. I thought you might like them. 🙂 The spinebills are regular visitors to the garden. They love my salvia and I have a Wee-Jasper spider flower tree which they, and the wattle birds, can’t get enough of. The lapwing chick is sweet. It is hard to part with all my my babies, but I gave that one to my friend as a wedding present, so I’ll still get to see it. 🙂


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