I did this drawing and had it framed a couple of weeks ago. It was a wedding present for two friends of mine, who love their four birds dearly (the bride even had a feather motif worked into her wedding ring!).
Displaced Leadbeater’s Possum. © copyright Meg Bauer 2014
I was taken to my first ever cricket game last week, and this happened:
Not because it was boring – if I bit my nails, it would have been a real nailbiter – but because I have to keep these hands busy. Always. All the time. They’re moving right now in fact. Anyway, I drew a lot of feathers, and my team lost.
“Leadbeater’s possum is an endangered possum restricted to small pockets of remaining old growth mountain ash forests in the Central Highlands of Victoria north-east of Melbourne.” Wikipedia
Four Fast Facts about Leadbeater’s:
- Faunal emblem of the State of Victoria
- Conservation Status: Endangered (application to upgrade to Critically Endangered pending)
- 43% of its known habitat was destroyed in the 2009 bushfires
- Some estimates put the population of wild possums at as few as 50 individuals