This week is National Bird Week here in Australia and part of the reason I wanted Aviary to be sent to those here in Oz is so you could use it for your bird sightings this week. @birdlifeoz have organised the Backyard Bird Count and also the Birdathon next weekend. I'm really hoping the books have arrived by the end of this week so you can get out there and start building your Life List, regardless of what week it is.
National Bird Week was started in the early 1900s with the intent to inspire Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts...that's what Aviary is here to do, too.
You can pre-order your copy of the book here:
🐦 www.aviandiary.com 🐦
I've set the send-out date as November 1st, just to be safe, but I really hope it's before that. And to those who ordered your copy a month ago, your patience and words of support after these printing errors have been the only thing keeping me motivated.
William Daniell, ZOOGRAPHY, or the Beauties of Nature Displayed in three volumes, 1807, African Birds Nests, Daniell was a much travelled and prolific natura lhistory and topographical painter, specialising in acquatint. Rather than isolate his specimens on a laboratory surface he set them against characteristic if exotic landscapes, creating moods of ominous heaviness partly due to the acquatint surface. #williamdaniell#zoography#naturalhistoryillustration#birdsnests#africaillustrated
Lost Species Inktober Day 21. Prompt: “Drain”. Species: Thicktail chub.
Another once common US species which arguably fell victim to a frontier mentality. California’s thicktail chub was a bulky minnow, & the third most common source of animal protein for the Central Valley’s native Americans, prior to European colonisation.
Last seen 13 April 1957, this fish is presumed to have become extinct due to massive habitat degradation & loss for agriculture, wrecking the freshwater environments that it had once thrived in. The introduction of invasive fish species into the waterways of the Central Valley was probably also damaging.
Sadly, at least one other Californian relative of the thicktail chub is in grave danger today. The Arroyo chub, like the thicktail before it, is suffering from rapid, sprawling development in the Golden State. Its native habitat is the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which has led to major habitat degradation, fragmentation & destruction. Further, introduced species are competitors with it. The Arroyo chub, like other Southern Californian freshwater species is thought best placed to survive in the West Fork region of the San Gabriel River, in the Angeles National Forest. Due to budget cuts, volunteers are increasingly vital to protect this area from inadvertent despoliation by the hundreds of thousands of city dwellers that visit annually for recreation.
Bird anatomy - movement and posture - sketch
Natural History Illustration 101 - Week 5 (a).
The Kookaburra - a common bird, built for hunting. Believed to pair for life and lives in small groups, usually consisting of offspring from previous years.The large heavy beak is probably their most prominent feature, perfect for catching and killing prey. However, this weighty appendage makes their take-off from the ground slow and calculated, often resulting in death when feeding at the roadside. They're just not as nimble as the Magpies and Crows.
This bird is a regular visitor to my garden - always watchful. Sometimes when I'm working on the verandah he will fly in and sit at the end of the table. He doesn't try to steal food from me, like those you tend to come across in public parks. I don't feed birds, but instead ensure there is water available and have bird-attracting native plants around the garden. These birds live between 10 and 20 years. I like the idea that over time, perhaps they too have watched our daily routines, our comings and goings. .
#nhi101x @newcastlexnhi @NH101X #sketch#drawingnature#illustration#birdanatomy#postureandmovement#naturalhistoryillustration#kookaburra#birdsofaustralia#landforwildlife
Inktober day 7
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
I'm learning to love black and white and grey values with this challenge, but I have to say that I miss colours, especially on this bird, where we miss on the beautiful deep green reflections of the head 🖤💚🖤 Anyone going through the same issue with Inktober?
S C O R C H E D #INKTOBER2018
based off the beautiful photo by one of my favourite photographers of all time, @joelsartore.
This is a black hawk, known to carry embers and drop them into unburnt forests to cause bushfires, forcing prey to flee for easy pickings.
Drawn almost exclusively with the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pens
So thrilled to win the 2018 Unisights photography competition with my portfolio “Life After Death”, showcasing the wildlife lab at the University of Newcastle. Thank you @unisights_ @canonaustralia and @tertiaryaccessgroup for such an amazing prize! @uni_newcastle #unisights18#naturalhistoryillustration#canon#photography