To celebrate National Bird Day we're sharing a collection highlight, "Bird in Space" by Constantin Brancusi. This work looks like nothing we would recognize as a bird, but the simplicity of the abstract shape conveys what is truly real for the artist: the essence of the thing, rather than its external appearance. Brancusi explored the theme of the soaring bird in more than thirty marble and bronze versions over the course of four decades.
Happy World Migratory Bird Day! When you think of national marine sanctuaries, perhaps you think of whales, fish, or other underwater species – but these special places also protect birds. National marine sanctuaries provide critical habitat and refuge for many different bird species. The birds that visit and reside in our sanctuaries connect the world’s ocean, Great Lakes, and coastal ecosystems.
This is a black-footed albatross, one of the many migratory species that can be found in your National Marine Sanctuary System. They breed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and voyage all the way to sanctuaries off California – like Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary – to feed.
(Photo: NOAA. Image description: A black-footed albatross with its wings stretched out in flight, flying over the ocean.)
April 22, 2020
Yesterday: present. Today: no show.
No surprise, perfidious sparrow.
Go! Fly your cry! Soar into harm!
for short-lived warmth.
Take with you this lasting sorrow
For not returning the hearts you borrow;
For neglecting loyalty for some charm
And trading our song for a false alarm.
Grow your shadow for if you fly too low,
You might change your mind tomorrow,
12/11/2020-Home and Lakeside: Green Woodpecker, Red Kite, Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, Tufted Duck, Song Thrush, Robin and more
On an anticipated long sunny patch before lunch today I enjoyed taking in the sun and as part of that I took the first four pictures in this photoset of a view from my room, a Starling on a street light I had seen and photographed Collared Doves on this one before it was interesting seeing the Starling with a seed which it dropped for a bit its visible in the photo to the right actually, a pigeon probably a racing one judging by the big rings so a different one to the usual Feral Pigeon pair we see in the garden out the back and flowers on the balcony I couldn’t resist another photo involving those lovely purple ones which are springing up lately looking nice in the sun a different photo idea in that I didn’t do the zoom in of them with my macro lens as I did last week and recently but did a general photo with them in showing lot of the flowers. Just before lunch I loved seeing a Red Kite flying from my window it was interesting to see it being mobbed by a Jackdaw. I was just thinking I had not seen one out the back for a while the other day.
I did rather cloud over as I met my Dad (who lives at a different house) at lunch time for a social distancing walk in line with current guidelines for meeting one other person outside the house, but we very much enjoyed the walk together me rather showing him the autumnal sights of Lakeside the past few weeks. The sixth, seventh and ninth pictures in this photoset showing this.
I was thrilled I could also show him the Common Gull on the buoy on beach lake a relatively rarer bird for this site that as I wondered about whether it would it sticking around I have seen it for a third day running which is amazing. It did look nice again. In a strong day for birds and particularly birds on the water I enjoyed seeing the Tufted Duck in the fifth picture in this photoset among a few on the westernmost lake I got perhaps my closest ever Lakeside view of a Tufted Duck of this one which was brilliant. This whilst way more common here than a Common Gull is well placed as just outside of the group of very common water birds which dominate here as I don’t always see them here so they have been a star of my Lakeside walks this year whilst working from home. I would go onto get nice views of Song Thrush and Robin this walk, I took the eighth picture in this photoset of the latter I did see a lot of Robins today, and I was also thrilled to see one of my favourites the Green Woodpecker on a decent day’s birdwatching as my Dad is not a birdwatcher but this is one bird he knows and seems to see quite a bit so probably his favourite bird so that was nice to get to show him that I saw it fly and then it went on a tree and I got nice binocular views.
I took the tenth picture in this photoset of the sunset tonight, it was a great Thursday of snippets of wildlife and photography moments today.
Wildlife Sightings Summary: Three of my favourite birds the Green Woodpecker, Red Kite and Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Song Thrush, Robin, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jackdaw and Carrion Crow.
Starting the new year with a new series of receipt drawings in addition to my regular daily art posts! The Receipt-A-Day project will document and give a brief summary of a variety of historical events, famous birthdays, and holidays on discarded consumer ephemera.
January 5: Happy National Bird Day everyone! Despite being better known as a Baltimore Football mascot and the titular character in an Edgar Allan Poe story, common ravens are among the smartest creatures on Earth, and possess the largest brains in the bird species. They're one of four known species (the others being humans, bees and ants) who have demonstrated displacement; the ability to communicate about objects or subjects distant in space and/or time. No wonder they've been in mythology, folklore - and yes, mall goth reccomended reading lists - for centuries! Marking this annual celebration of our feathered friends with this Raven receipt drawing!
Raven (3" × 8" Pen on a discarded 99 Cents Store receipt)
HAPPY NATIONAL BIRD DAY
We honor our feathered friends on several holidays called Bird Day in the United States. The day celebrates birds of all kinds across North America. With over 2,000 species of birds. Birdwatchers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the beauty and variety these winged friends offer. From songbirds to waterfowl and domesticated birds, they come in every color of plumage and wingspan.
We're celebrating National Bird Day with some peli-can-do spirit! Hunted for their feathers and later contaminated by DDT and other pesticides, brown pelicans were once endangered. But this iconic bird species, and many others, have recovered in the years since these pesticides were banned. Now, they're commonly seen in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which provides a plentiful supply of fish, krill, and plankton for local and migrating birds to feast on.
What's your favorite bird to see in your national marine sanctuaries?
Only a few years ago, I never would have imagined myself working with birds. Now I've worked with a flock of beautiful parrots for two years, and I'm hooked. Here's a couple of the colorful genius dinosaurs that I've had the pleasure to serve.
[Image description: miles morales in his hoodie, shorts and spider suit combo stands on top of one of the eagles on the chrysler building. his back is to the viewer as he looks out over the city towards the yellow-blue horizon. a couple of pigeons are roosting alongside him, and in the distance, a flock of them fly between the tall buildings of new york. end description]
jan 5th was bird day, and i also went to see into the spiderverse, so heres a quick sketch i made to get out all my feelings !!! (x)