Kingfishers are found in rivers, creeks, mangroves and woodland along the east- coast and across the top of Australia. The marks on eachside of the neck become “eyespots” in the Azure kingfisher when seen from the rear with the bird looking downwards. The voice is a long, high pitched note, their flight is beautiful, swift and low over the water.
The Kingfisher is a medium sized kingfisher. It has a turquoise back, turquoise blue rump and tail, buff-white underparts and a broad cream collar. There is a broad black eye stripe extending from bill to nape of neck. Both sexes are similar, although the female is generally lighter with duller upper parts. Young birds are similar to the female, but have varying amounts of rusty-brown edging to feathers on the collar and underparts, and buff edges on the wing coverts.
WOZOS have evolved out of years of studying and carving birds, light hearted caricatures of real birds and some purely fantastical. The name derives from the French “oiseau”, meaning bird and has been suitably Australianised. The team that creates these extraordinary little works of art consists of Andre Vanne, his partner Catherine and daughter Lara. They are made individually using timber that would normally be wasted. Butt ends, branch wood and other pieces not suitable for furniture manufacture. Therein lies their beauty. The fine finish achieved brings to life the magical whorls of grain and depth of Fiddle back not usually seen in commercial grade timber. The heads are sculptured in wax and then hand cast in moulds using reconstituted marble. They are bonded to the bodies and painted in the finest artist’s oils to achieve the translucency found only in this medium. Finally each WOZO is finished with a durable lacquer, before being signed individually by the artist.