Here’s another take on an eagle, with the eyes more proportional and further apart.
The other drawings had more of a hawk look, with the eyes closer.
And here’s another one, this one I actually drew with a tilt in the image itself. The above was just photographed with the tilt. I think the below wound up less symmetrical as a result.
When I do these I tend to start with the left eye, ie the right side of the drawing, and then when I try to draw the right eye (left side of the drawing) I’m covering up what I already drew with my hand! It’s weird, I don’t know why I do it that way. I’m going to try the other way. What I do however is make a faint sketch to outline the placement of eyes and beak, but even so it has some out a little off…
Reddish Egret at Fort De Soto, Florida.
These birds are my favorites – they hunt in an animated way, and have such beautiful feathers. I especially like their head features, and the way they fan out.
I’ve seen these guys on the east coast at Merritt Island NWR. All the other ones I’ve seen are on the gulf side, at places including Ft Myers Beach, Fort De Soto, Tiger Tail Beach, Fred Howard Park and Ding Darling NWR. At Ding Darling I saw a white morph reddish. And once I saw a juvenile reddish egret at Merritt Island.
Since they’re so rare (~400 pairs in Florida per this) it seems special to get to see one.
The reddish egret (Egretta rufescens) is North America’s rarest heron with maybe 400 nesting pairs left in Florida. The estimated global population believed to be fewer than 7,000, with 2,000 pairs in the United States. (credit tbo.com)
Visiting Cape May is always fun. In the Fall the birds migrate through by the thousands.
The flock of Black Skimmers are along the beach near the Arcade or west of there often.
A storm passing at sunset made for a dramatic image.
This tiny little turtle was crossing the path at The Nature Conservancy’s Meadows – I was struck buy his tiny form, and potential big future ahead – if he could survive the challenges and overcome all the obstacles.
Another creature with challenges ahead was this young Osprey. It was hunting for and catching small fish in the patch of ocean behind the meadows / east of the State Park.
This image was pleasing to me – it shows the power of the ocean, the unity of the skimmer flock, their joint fate.
The hawk banding demos are good times to see the birds up close and some times get a good image. This was taken on a Saturday at 11:30am at The Meadows where they do a demo / talk. There are also demos at the State Park next to the hawk watch platform, on Saturday and Sunday at 10am (roughly September and October).
See more image in my Flickr set – Cape May NJ.