Ink and watercolour
260mm x 190mm
by Shannon Dwyer



Gotta love a Kooka! They ooze character and are such an iconic symbol (and sound) of Australia. This proud-as-punch character visits Shannon’s backyard often, patiently waiting for an opportunity to pounce! She never tires of capturing the ‘king of the bush’!   



‘Patience’ was created using a traditional nib dip pen and ink, along with professional-grade watercolours executed on 425gsm 100% cotton rag watercolour paper. This original artwork includes the ‘Shannon Dwyer Originalembossment and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.


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Fun Facts included on the Certificate of Authenticity:

The Laughing Kookaburra (aka, ‘bushman’s alarm clock’ or ‘the laughing jackass’) is native to eastern Australia, with introduced populations in Tasmania, Flinders Island, Kangaroo Island and New Zealand. Its name comes from the traditional, Pama-Nyungan language of Aboriginal Wiradjuri people, ‘guuguubarra’. It is the largest member of the kingfisher family in the world, however, its diet is more like a bird of prey – exploiting a variety of food sources, including rodents, insects, reptiles, birds and snakes up to 1m long! They may be skilled hunters but kookaburras still have to worry about becoming the meal of large owls, eagles, hawks and falcons (and feral predators such as foxes and cats). Its famous ‘laugh’ can be heard at any time of the day but is most often at dawn and dusk, to signal their territory to other birds. According to one indigenous Australian legend, their ‘laugh’ is a signal for the sky people to light the sun each morning. They live in almost any area with trees big enough to contain their nests and open patches with sufficient hunting areas. Laughing kookaburras are a common sight in suburban gardens and urban settings and are so tame that they’ll often eat out of a person’s hand. It’s also not uncommon for them to snatch food from people (or a BBQ) without warning, by swooping in from a distance. They live in families, with siblings remaining in the family until they are old enough to look after themselves, also acting as helpers during the breeding season. Kookaburras stay with their mate for life and will use the same nest hole in a tree trunk or arboreal termite nest year after year. Conservation Status: Least Concern.


*Artwork price includes signed original artwork, Certificate of Authenticity and free delivery within Australia*

Artwork is unframed so you don’t pay unnecessary freight costs and will be able to choose the frame of your liking.
This piece will be delivered flat in a reinforced postage envelope, wrapped securely in (and protected by) acid-free tissue paper.


Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the raw edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious ‘imperfections’.


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