A Finished Pair of Avocets...and shadows caught in the rain...

At long last the Avocets are finished - laquered on the black patches (bill, head, wing and tail bars) so the darker colour is fixed and the rest left to lighten as the acid etch interacts with rainwater. 

I was struck when photographing the piece by the shadows cast in the bright sunshine following a wintry shower and the droplets of rain still visible on the freshly painted laquer.