Sunday, April 18, 2010
I was interested to see that crows have a "mustache" of feathers that turn down over the beak. I also welcomed another chance to examine a bird's foot up close since they're the hardest thing to see through binoculars in the field. Bird's feet are truly amazing! Scaled on top and heavily padded below with small traction "buttons" kind of like those bumps on Dr. Scholl's sandals, these feet are perfectly made for comfortably gripping a branch.
Oddly, I found that drawing a dead bird wasn't as engrossing now that I've spent several weeks drawing live birds in the field. Live birds are much more interesting and exciting to draw.