Suk's Progress: Animal Gallery

            The paintings show some of the animals mentioned in Suk’s Progress and were composed from various representations or photographs in reference books or on the web.

Sun Bear Helarctus malayanus
Sun Bear (Helarctus malayanus)
Suk’s character is compared to the nature of this, the smallest of all bears. If my painting is not so bear-like it does look appropriately truculent and defiant as Suk herself.

  Blue-rumped Pitta Pitta soror
Blue-rumped Pitta (Pitta soror)
This rare bird is the target of Suk’s bird-watching friend Tank, her mentor for Thai wildlife and Thai forests as well as other areas of life.
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsonii
Slaty-backed Flycatcher (Ficedula hodgsonii)
Suk finds the identity of  this bird as more engaging than Bernard’s making love to her – which irritates him.

Blue-eared Kingfisher (above) Alcedo meninting AND Blue-banded Kingfisher (below) Alcedo euryzona
Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meninting [above]) AND Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona [below])
The two birds that Suk confuses on her first outing as an independent guide. The Blue-banded is not found in her region of Isan.

  Spot-bellied Eagle Owl Bubo nipalensis
Spot-bellied Eagle Owl (Bubo nipalensis)
The owl which Suk sees in the course of her evening out with the fat banker Chang.
Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata
Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata)
The household pet of Suk’s Thai-Australian family and which she releases into a reserve.

  Sunda Pangolin  Manis javanicus
Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanicus)
The subject of Bernard’s study. Currently tons of these endearing mammals are exported, illegally, from all over southeast Asia to be eaten in China.
Gaur Bos gaurus
Gaur (Bos gaurus)
The second largest, after the Asian elephant, of all surviving wild mammals of the Thai forests, and also the largest and heaviest of all wild oxen. Suk and her friends deposit Vasa’s ashes near a wooden tower constructed as an elevated hide to watch these animals.

Hog Badger Arctonyx collaris
Hog Badger (Arctonyx collaris)
This is the animal which Suk watches minutes before her rape. The painting is interpreted from a photograph which captures the badger in a more upright posture than is commonly seen. Generally it roots head down in the soil or vegetation like a little pig, hence its name.
  Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)
Suk associates this bird with her first evening out with Light. Its loud chonking call is common all over southeast Asia.

 

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