Double-banded Courser

Double-banded Courser

A bird of semi-arid areas of southern Africa.  Coursers are graceful birds, often highly colored.  They live throughout the more open areas of Eurasia.

To see this piece in an on line exhibit sponsored by Stanford University, click here.

Watercolor and colored pencil.

Passerini's Tanager

Passerini's Tanager

A Ramphocelus Tanager of the Caribbean coast of Central America.  In mating display the male erects the red plumes over his back in a striking scarlet puffball.

Watercolor on paper.

Nambwa Camp, Namibia

Nambwa Camp, Namibia

Nambwa Camp is situated in the gallery forest along the Kwando River in Namibia's Caprivi strip.  Across the river is a huge marsh that glows golden at sunrise.  Elephants and hippos can be heard and waterbirds of many kinds are common.  A beautiful place!

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

On a decorative plum tree.  This warbler hitches along tree trunks and branches, much like a nuthatch, in search of insects and spiders.

Watercolor and graphite.

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Feeding young birds behind the bark flap.  The "trash" behind the flap was arranged by the adults as a support for their nest.

Watercolor and colored pencil.

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireos suspend their nests in the fork of branch.  At times they even sing while sitting on their eggs.  On osier dogwood.

Watercolor and graphite.

Phoebe

Phoebe

A tyrannid flycatcher often nesting in barns or sheds.

Watercolor and colored pencil.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Working for it's favorite food, carpenter ants.

Watercolor and graphite.

Hooded Tinamou

Hooded Tinamou

The Hooded Tinamou lives in heavy undergrowth in remote areas of the Andes.  There are no photos, so I had to use other artists' illustrations.  Hence the references.  Done for a paper on the Hooded Tinamou by Fabrice Schmidt of Santiago de Chile.

Watercolor and ink.