Thursday, January 27, 2011
A Eurasian wigeon swims on the beautiful reflections of autumn. Eurasian wigeon are becoming more common in the United States and can be found among large flocks of the American version of the species - mostly along the west and east coasts. These birds most likely have migrated from Siberia and Iceland. In my hometown, there are about five that regularly winter on a pond at a local park along with several hundred of their American counterparts. What inspired me to create this painting was the fiery color in this males head and how it is reflected in the water.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
SOLD Northern Flickers always seem to startle me because I never see them until they fly. Once they are airborne the red underwing (it's yellow on the East Coast) makes them easily identifiable. Although they are woodpeckers, flickers mostly choose to forage on the ground for ants and other bugs, which makes them so hard to see. Here one briefly lands on a picket fence before moving on. The posture of the bird is what I found intriguing. My Website
Monday, January 3, 2011
Happy New Year!
My first post of 2011 is of a Eurasian Collared-Dove a relatively new species to North America. They were first introduced in the Bahamas and have since been spreading throughout the United States. There is now a permanent population in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I saw this particular bird in my neighborhood. They are larger than mourning doves but still have the classic dove shape. The dark ring on it's neck is where the bird derives it's name.