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.
This is M.m.samuels, or “Samuels” Song Sparrow. It is resident to a narrow tidal marsh habitat in San Pablo Bay, the northern most arm of the San Francisco Bay. It is one of three subspecies inhabiting the salt marsh. Most likely to be confused with the “Alameda” Song Sparrow of the south SF Bay, but they are never found together. The “Alameda” Song Sparrow shows subtle yellow wash on the belly and olive tones to the nape and back. By contrast, “Samuels” is marginally tanner and does not have a buffy malar. Between these two populations resides the “Suisun” Song Sparrow which is visually quite different. I’ve completed illustrations for all three, but plan on revisiting them to improve the drawings.