Draw A Bird Day 2017

Happy Draw a Bird Day 2017! This yearly celebration of the joy of drawing birds was inspired by a little girl named Dorie (Draw a Bird Day website). Two years ago, I was inspired to draw my first bird by Laura of Create Art Everyday and M.R. Emberson of A-wing and A-way.

The drawing is based on a photograph of a male Red-winged Blackbird I took last year on April 29th. By mistake, I ended up near the irrigation canal, just south of the Bow Waters Canoe Club. I missed the bus stop for the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. At the next stop, a Swainson’s Hawk was circling overhead and I wandered down to the canal when I followed it. The occasional singing of the male RWBB attracted the attention of a female. She alighted on a nearby cattail, said hello and then flew away. He followed her. She was the first female RWBB I saw last year. I’d seen my first RWBB male on April 5th at the Children’s Hospital Pond.

Winter ended early last year. By late March, the Children’s Hospital Pond had thawed and the Common Goldeneyes had arrived. This year, the pond was still frozen on April 1st (last Saturday). This Saturday (today!) the pond was fully thawed! J and I heard our first RWBB of the year as we approached the northwestern cattails. We saw two males. We also saw two Common Goldeneye couples. And Gwyndolyn and George had arrived too. There was a second Canada goose couple but I don’t know if they were Gertie and Greg (whom I have not introduced yet). George chased the other male for a little while. The second couple kept their distance after that, but did not leave the pond. I wonder which geese will be around this breeding season…

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  1. Love your bird painting.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jodi! πŸ™‚

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  2. You drew him perfectly! It’s how I often see them straddling reeds in a pond. The detail is amazing. So amazing I can almost hear him singing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Deborah! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you can relate. I like the way their legs can do aerial splits!

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  3. Your bird is amazing! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carrie Lynn! πŸ™‚

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  4. Beautiful, Myr! It really captures the impishness and stark coloration of this wonderful bird! ❀

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! I’m so glad you like him. It was fun to work with a bird in an interesting pose but not much feather detail. ❀

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  5. Very nice. Drawing is one of my hobbies, but to be honest, i mostly drawin’ dragons, castles and epic battles … i tried to sketch some sea birds once, maybe it’s a good exercice to paint birds πŸ™‚
    Thanks for showing us your work πŸ™‚ I particulerary like the black and white ones !

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    1. Thanks for your lovely compliments, Audric. πŸ™‚ Have you posted some of your drawings on one of your blogs? Maybe drawing flying birds helps with drawing flying dragons?

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      1. Hey πŸ™‚
        At this moment, i only posted a horse, one of my favorite animal. I got a lot’s of drawing of birds and dragons, someday i’ll post them, maybe πŸ™‚
        And yes, birds are very inspirationnal and helpfull with drawing dragons.

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