Tag Archive: bird


This summer I had the pleasure of watching many Barn Swallows feeding their young hatchlings. There were nests lined up all along the awnings, like a little bird community.

Adult Swallow

Adult Swallow #1

Swallow feeding hatchlings (1)

Time to eat!

Swallow feeding hatchlings (2)

NOM NOM NOM

Swallows in nest (2)

“You full?”

Swallows in nest (4)

“Yep, we are full.”

Swallows in nest (3)

“Oh good, time for a nap.”

Adult Swallow

Adult Swallow #2

Hatchlings chirping (1)

FOOD FOOD FOOD!!!

Hatchlings chirping (3)

YEAH FOOD, TIME TO EAT!

Hatchlings chirping (2)

Dinner, coming right up!

 

This video shows how flexible the Egret’s neck is while preening its feathers. This bird is so white, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to keep itself so brilliantly clean that it shines in the sunlight.

Its plumage seems like silky strands of flowing hair instead of the kind of stiff looking feathers that a bird generally has. It really is a beautiful bird to see in person.

I was so lucky the footage in this next video – one day on an impulse I got a ride to the wetlands and walked for a while, through some large mud puddles even. Then I spotted this glowing figure in a tree, it was almost like a ghost.

The Egret took flight and landed about 15 feet from me and began its hunt for dinner.

White Egret Flying

Its a heron? its a stork? NO!! Its Great White Egret!!!

Great White Egret (1)

Watching, waiting… with stillness that is unmatched.

Great White Egret (2)

This bird knows just when to strike.

White Egret Ripples

My favorite picture of the lot.

Great White Egret (5)

Meep? What happened, you are so thin from the front!!

Great White Egret (4)

Posed to strike.

White Egret Fishing (2)

Prey swallowed in one swift GULP!

 

Great White Egret (6)

Gracefully curved neck.

White Egret Fishing (5)

It strikes like a cobra!

Great White Egret (8)

I love how it thrusts its beak into the air and then walks slowly with its body, seeming as though it needs to catch up with its own neck.

Great White Egret (7)

White Egret Fishing (3)

White Egret Fishing (1)

Splash!

White Egret Fishing (4)

Another successful catch.

One day while we were walking we passed under a tree and heard a strange voice. So we stopped and said “Hello?” then we heard it again!

I got out my camera and found the bird who was making the sound and asked it “Hello?” again in a funny voice, the crow responded!

No idea what it said exactly, but it was definitely talking.

I haven’t been posting my inktober drawings so much because I’m working on moving my blog over to a self hosted blog. Hopefully it will be up soon and all of my subscribers will be transferred over and all that good stuff. I just want to get back to blogging like normal and the process (for me) seems difficult.
I did manage to make a drawing for today though 😀
lion bird
I call it a lion bird because its silly looking, the gryphon’s goofy cousin! I could never imagine this thing hunting something to eat… its just way too funny and happy.

I wanted to make an attempt to draw a peacock, like the ones I saw this summer!

A funny thing happened when I got too focused on drawing this picture:

peacock

Now this may seem accurate if you hadn’t just spent a ton of time on google looking at peacock pictures…

But once I finished and took another look at my drawing I realized that I drew its head too big, whoops! It was so cute that I must have looked too close and forgot to resize it to the paper as I drew. If that makes any sense at all.

Here is a real picture of a peacock I took for reference:

peacock-screen

 

Anyways, I shrunk its head on my computer:

peacock-fix

Thats better! Isn’t technology wonderful?

 

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a great big bird to fly around on, and to keep you company? Sometimes I imagine that Mr. Nice Guy has made all sorts of animal friends and that is the reason why he wants to go outside so often. Here he is soaring with a banner on a bird:

up-up-and-away

I really like this character I made, her name is “Uni” (for lack of anything better to call her).

She is a Unisus, otherwise known as an Alicorn. I think she is feeling down and the little birds want her to come fly with them.

Here is a still frame so you can see what the finished drawing will look like, just in case you are at work or someplace where you don’t want Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” blasting from your phone.

Uni and birds RESIZED

 

I was walking to the store when I saw a little hopping bird near our apartment’s field, which was being mowed at the time. The chick was obviously very scared of the lawn mower and of me..

So I blocked the way to the nearby busy street (So it wouldn’t be hit by a car) and it hopped into a tree where we waited for momma/daddy bird to come to the rescue.

Maybe the little chick was trying to learn to fly when it was separated from its parent?

I got to watch a Great Blue Heron at the wetlands again, this time it seems to have caught something and ate it. If you watch closely you can even see it licking its beak.

 

A young starling has to be clever when eating its breadcrumb, there are bread thieves everywhere!

 

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