There’s something highly engaging, and perhaps a little unsettling, about the way these young female Mallards make eye contact with us over their shoulders from behind their wing feathers, notes Emil. He thinks that this painting transmits an enhanced feeling of avian intelligence and alienness quite different from our usual sense of dabbling ducks.
Now at UGallery
Gallery 113, January 2019. Opening Reception, Thursday January 3, 5:30-8:00
Blue-Winged Teal at UCSB Lagoon
This time of year the lagoon in the middle of the UC Santa Barbara campus is full of waterfowl of many species. If you jog past, these Blue-Winged Teal ignore you and keep on dabbling like the one in the background, but if you stop and aim a camera at them they quickly drift away.