I use to go through my tv journals, old wall calendars and materials like this in order to look for references or sources of inspiration. When I saw photos of this bird in an old journal (unfortunately the name of the photographer was not given), I felt attracted by the beautiful colours and by the pose of the bird.
I didn’t use watercolour paper this time. I have a stack of rather heavy drawing cardboard sheets left, and hoped that it would not buckle up too much. It did, but only a bit.
For the background I took pigment from the tops of my pencils with a very small wet brush.