Lisa Paget found the shorebird painting workshop at Gecko Valley Winery on Saturday an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Lisa Paget found the shorebird painting workshop at Gecko Valley Winery on Saturday an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Brenda Strong

Shorebirds fly onto the canvas at painting workshop

A GROUP of artists joined Birdlife Australia in celebrating migratory shorebirds at the weekend.

Gecko Valley Winery hosted a watercolour workshop in which artist and teacher Margaret Worthington showed participants how to paint birdlife in watercolour.

Birdlife Australia organised the workshop, which included a session on the identification of shorebirds by expert Allan Briggs.

Participant Lisa Paget said the event was relaxing.

"Painting is a peaceful way of finding expression," she said. "I just relax into it.

"I have always had a love of the garden, of animals, and of flora and fauna. I guess it's just something I relate to."

Ms Paget's husband paid for her attendance at the workshop as part of her Mother's Day present.

Painting events held in the Capricornia region were part of Birdlife Australia's national Farewell Shorebirds program, which charts the birds' journey around Australia.

Thirty-five migratory waterbirds visit Australia, and snippets of their fascinating lives will be broadcast weekly to participants.

Watch the Farewell Shorebirds teaser at www.farewellshorebirds.org.au.



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