|Painted Honeyeater in River Oak (above);|
sitting on nest in mistletoe clump (below). The nest is a fragile hanging bowl of grass and casuarina 'needles', bound together and to the surrounding foliage with spider web.
|Painted Locust Schistocerca melanocera, Sierra Negra, Isla Isabela, Galapagos. A glorious beastie.|
|African Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina picta, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.|
I particularly like the mauve patch on the side of the neck.
|Spot-legged Poison Dart Frog Ameerega picta, Machuguenga Lodge, Peruvian Amazon.|
The vivid lime-green stripes are brighter than they appear here.
And unless you grew up with these highly toxic little gems, don't ever try to touch one!
|Upland Geese Chloephaga picta, Punta Arenas, far southern Chile. An integral part of the Patagonian landscape,|
not really geese, more closely related to shelducks. Males have white heads, the females brown.
|Painted Button-quail Turnix varius, Dubbo, New South Wales.|
Button-quails are not at all related to either Old World or New World quails;
all are coloured in themes of black, cream and brown.
|Australian Painted Snipe Rostratula australis, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Canberra.|
A very rare species (no relation at all to snipes) and rarely seen.
In this species the female is the more brightly coloured.
|Painted Grasshawk Neurothemis stigmatizans, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.|
This dragonfly is found across near-coastal tropical Australia - along with many bright red and blue ones.
|Australian Painted Lady Vanessa kershawi on Pimelea ligustrina, Namadgi National Park near Canberra.|
I hardly need point out the existence of butterflies in nearly any colour in the paintbox.
|Cape Hunting Dog, or Painted Dog, Lycaon pictus, Perth Zoo.|
It seems that mammal taxonomists are prone to it too!
Any thoughts welcomed, as always!