The beauty of the South West’s most fantastical birds captured in water coloured detail will be showcased in an exhibition in Bunbury next month. Bunbury artist Sue Kalab has a passion for birdwatching and native Australian nature, which has been the centre point of her work since the 1980s. Encounters with Oystercatchers — the hidden language of nature, will be Kalab’s 25th solo show, which will feature stunning watercolour artworks, which will be for sale throughout the exhibition. Kalab said her upcoming show was inspired by Oystercatcher birds which she sees often bouncing along the coast of Bunbury. “I just wanted to draw people’s attention to them, they dance on the grass and are very vulnerable little birds.” Kalab is also the leader of a local birdwatching group, Birdlife Bunbury, and said she was inspired and motivated by her experiences with the group. “Nature speaks its own language, the Noongar people say that the natural world is still singing, even though the greater part of humanity has disconnected itself from song,” she said. “Having tramped around Bunbury’s bush and beaches for years, I’m conversant with nature’s secret places where native orchids and migratory birds can be discovered with just a little patience and careful watching or listening.” Complementing the exhibition will be a series of free, nature-based seminars by guest speakers with the intent to enlighten and encourage custodianship of nature. Encounters with Oystercatchers will be on show at the Stirling Street Arts Centre from September 9 to September 28.