1. a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.
Magnificent Frigate 6" x 12" Oil on Wood This female Magnificent Frigatebird flew over us in Dry Tortugas National Park last winter. At the time I didn't know much about them, but I was fascinated by their efficiency. Charles Darwin called them, "The condor of the ocean." We laid on the bridge to Fort Jefferson and watched dozens of them floating above us. They soar without beating their wings for hours at a time, [...]
Canada Goose 6" x 12" Oil on Wood While working at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, I took a lot of photos of the animals there. This is perhaps the only one who was free to leave the zoo at any time, but chose to stay. He and his flock had a safe place to stay, and unlimited tourists to scam popcorn from. Anyways, the photo inspired this painting was donated [...]
Homosassa Wood Duck 6" x 11.5" Oil on Wood The oldest recorded Wood Duck was 22 years and 6 months. Unlike other duck species, they nest in holes in trees and ducklings can fall from over 50 ft. Without getting hurt. These resilient and beautiful waterfowl can be found from coast to coast across North America, I spotted this guy in a swampy Cove of the Homosassa River on the Nature Coast [...]