1. a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
Texas Bluebird 6" x 12" Oil on Wood The Eastern Bluebird is a little thrush species that live throughout the eastern 3/5 of the US. Their population is on an uptick right now thanks to man-made nest boxes. Their natural nesting location is in the holes of old growth trees, many of which have been cut down in the last 150 years. A simple solution to a big problem - birdhouses. But, [...]
Yellowstone Raven 12" x 24" Oil on Wood A couple weeks ago, I spend about a half hour with this raven in Yellowstone National Park. @StephanieArne and I sat on the ground, me with the camera and her with her bird-whispering techniques, and eventually we befriended this bird. One of the most intelligent animals on the planet, corvids like the raven are capable of imitative learning. This type of learning is no simple task, [...]
Pierre Phesant 6" x 12" Oil on Wood The Ring Necked Pheasant is a bit of an outlier. Though this immigrant is originally from Asia, most like me, are proud to call it an American. We are used to calling non-natives, like the zebra mussel, asian carp, tegu lizard, and lion fish by another name : invasive species - due to their negative effects on a foreign ecosystem. However, the Pheasant mostly [...]
Flamingo 7.25" x 13.25" Oil on Wood The Caribbean Flamingo is one of the most recognizable birds on the planet. But when you really look at their beak... it's weird... and amazing. It works like an upside down strainer. They use their big webbed feet to stomp around in the mud and kick up small aquatic plants and animals (some, like crustaceans, have carotenoid pigment in their shell - like carrots - [...]
The Birds and the Bees 12" 12" x 24" Oil on Wood The African Penguin's call earned them the nickname, "Jackass Penguin", some say it's ugly, but it's music to my ears. We recently filmed these penguins at the @marylandzoo and were able to tour their state-of-the-art Penguin Coast exhibit. These guys are rockstars at breeding these endangered penguins. But, in the wild, these penguins need some help when it comes to breeding. These [...]