During 2000-2004, Dirk Moerbeek made a number of photorealistic paintings of birds. He photographed birds in the field and meticiously painted that image until his painting looked like the original photo.
It is interesting to note that the process doesn't differ much from that of Dirk's trompe-l'oeil paintings. The only difference is that instead of a bird in the field, the photo depicts one of Dirk's studies. Nevertheless, the impact on the beholder is very different.
You'll find some examples of Dirk's photorealistic paintings under menu option Gallery.