It’s Christmas for the cousins—somebody wants a Hummingbird and I’m thinking Anna’s Hummingbird. Color to be added soon… Should look great in their downstairs bathroom.
Is this M.m.montana?? No, it’s just my first pass at the “Modoc” Song Sparrow. I’m happy to receive comments regarding coloration of this northeastern California population. I’m still waiting for more (and better) reference photographs to assist in the illustration. Note the grayer base color to the back, contrasting dark brown back streaks, and isolated rufous on wings. Malar is white, and flanks/belly are pale cool gray. Face is dark rufous brown with slate gray supercilium and auriculars.
The “Mendocino” Song Sparrow, otherwise known as Melospiza melodia cleonensis. As with the other illustrations below, I’ve included a few annotations. Several more populations to illustrate, but making good progress. I may need to redraw some (maybe all) of the portraits as I learn more about each subspecies.
Why not have some sketching fun? Here’s Anurognathus ammoni for a little Pterosaur whimsy. An Old World Pterosaur lineage, this binocular-visioned, bat-sized species was irrefutably covered with hair-like structures. It’s large eye sockets lead Pterosaur workers to believe it was nocturnal. I decided to render it much like our present day nocturnal flying squirrel.
Western Meadowlark with some pattern added. Some adjustment to feather tracts before I’m comfortable… This drawing will actually have very little yellow when completed because both the 3/4 view of the bird, and the fact it is basic-plumaged. Mostly brown and black on the back, with some gold on the face and throat. Much work to do still, but time for bed.