Well it might not be a great rarity but it's still a stunning bird and never fails to make a good subject to paint, alive or dead. I found this dead one next to where I park my car - it's unclear how it died; it was under a roost tree, so perhaps of natural causes? It seems unlikely to be cold weather as it's been relatively mild, and this bird is quite fat. It hadn't been predated either - no signs of blood, and nor was it a road traffic victim. A window collision isn't possible either. I've just been so busy all week I've not had time to paint it until this morning. I quite enjoyed doing it. And then I wanted to paint it again but I was running out of time so I just did a few quick sketches instead. Once you get started there's no limit to getting on with painting.