Story: Shags

‘Kawaupaku, Te Henga’

‘Kawaupaku, Te Henga’

Don Binney’s depiction of a kawaupaku (little shag) flying above a landscape of water and hills at Te Henga, encapsulates his reverence for New Zealand’s wildlife and natural environment. With an ornithologist’s eye he conveys the essence of the shag in stylised form, enlarging it in relation to the landscape below as if it were seen through binoculars.

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University of Auckland, Art Collection
Oil painting by Don Binney, 1967

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - A variety of species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 11 Jul 2016