Title: An Egret Invasion
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 3 ft x 4 ft
An Egret Invasion
The Malaysian mangroves are melancholic most of the time with occasional sound from the local residents such as the kingfishers, night herons and of course the ubiquitous cicadas. September and October greet the coming of egrets. Escaping from the cold north, they arrive in great numbers to roost, feed and nest for the rest of winter. Although we may consider these birds as visitors, but they have every right to be here as they are the true global resident, migrating to and fro from Siberia down to Peninsula Malaysia without fail since time immemorial.
The scene is preserved in this painting to remind us of the precious heritage (the mangroves and the inhabitants) that we may have overlooked and often sacrificed in the name of progress.
Seni Tampak Art Competition @ Galeri Seni Johor - December 2009