Bird Nest No. 37: Swainson’s Warbler

April 16th, 2014

My bird nest painting no. 37 is a Swainson’s Warbler. This was a request and I am happy to oblige. The Swainson’s Warbler, although brown and not so colorfully striking as many warblers are, is a very elegant bird. They hide away and are difficult to sight, but easier to hear singing. Their nests are well camouflaged. I used old postage stamps for the leaves here, and more in the nest, as well as pins, string, and yarn.

The print is on etsy!

Big Talbot Island

April 12th, 2014

Here are some more photos from my week of camping at Little Talbot Island. However, these photos are from Big Talbot Island. On Big Talbot I rode the beautiful new bike trail, explored The Bluffs, Black Rock trail, Big Pine trail, and Old King’s Highway. Old King’s Highway was boring, I didn’t even take any photos. But all the other trails were spectacular!!

At the end of Black Rock trail it is like you’ve walked upon a shipwreck. What a sight of erosion and trees in the water. The Big Pine trail has some big pine trees, but more so than that beautiful old oak  trees with meandering limbs, and an overlook of the marsh. At The Bluffs you have the beach again, and the erosion lessens.

 

The bike trail was great for birds. Just a few I was able to snap photos of:

Little Talbot Island’s Beach

April 10th, 2014

The beach at Little Talbot Island is very cool. At one end there are rocks, then high dunes with some steep sandy erosion, at the other end your dunes become lower and there are more trees close to the water, many fallen from erosion and weathered down to become smooth white wood. At this point, I was not able to go any further down the beach because trees start to block the path and it must have been high tide. I went to the beach at low tide, high tide, sunrise, late morning, and afternoon. Every time there were wonders to behold!

Camping at Little Talbot Island’s Marsh

April 8th, 2014

I went camping at Little Talbot Island (near Jacksonville, FL) during the last week of March. It rained, it was freezing with COLD wind blowing in over the marsh, and finally at the end it warmed up. It was the strangest week of weather and not what Florida usually has to offer in March! On the bright side the weather helped bring in some migratory birds, and strong waves brought interesting things up to the beach.

The campground is across the street from the main park with the beach. Our site was shaded by oak trees and overlooked the marsh.

There were many little birds flitting around the grasses of the marsh. We also spotted a couple Red-breasted Merganser’s, and one lone Sandpiper, along with your usual water birds.

 

When tide was low, the little crabs came out like crazy!

 

Here is a view of the marsh from the nature trail. You can’t tell, but you can see Kingsley Plantation in the distance- with binoculars!

It was wonderful to wake up to the sound of Chuck Will’s Widow every morning. Here are just a few of the MANY birds (+ a snake) I saw on the island:

Sandhill Crane update.

March 31st, 2014

These Sandhill Crane chicks…

…they grow so fast!!

I went on vacation for a week and when I returned I found only one chick. And, now at 3 weeks old, it is much bigger!

 

Field guide painting: Bears of the World

March 29th, 2014

I get a lot of requests for bears, so here we go, a Bear of the World field guide painting:

Prints available on Etsy.

Featuring:
Black Bear
Brown Bear
Moon Bear
Panda Bear
Polar Bear
Sloth Bear
Spectacled
Sun Bear

This was a little difficult to figure. While it would have been nice to specifically include well known bears such as the Grizzly Bear and Kodiak Bear, they are subspecies of the Brown Bear so I had to get generic. The Florida Black Bear, my local bear, is a subspecies of the Black Bear. And then there is a Koala Bear, which is not really a bear, but I painted one on the side because it’s so cute. Maybe a marsupial chart needs to be done?

Field Guide Painting: Salamanders

March 22nd, 2014

Salamanders are the subject of my latest Field Guide painting.
I don’t know much about them. Someone pointed out to me that they are both beautiful and cute, and suggested I do a painting. I started researching and there are MANY, so I picked out some pretty ones that can be found around Florida (always looking to further educate myself on the local wildlife). Here is the result:

 

Featuring:
Long-tailed Salamander
Marbled Salamander
Red Salamander
Slimy Salamander
Three-lined Salamander
Tiger Salamander
Two-lined Salamander

Speaking of Salamanders, I have seen very few. Elusive little creatures. I did see one in North Carolina this January. I scoured some books and could not decide what it is, being pretty close to a few different types. Perhaps the Slimy Salamander?

The new Salamander Field Guide is available on Etsy as a print: here.

Spring Hammock Preserve.

March 21st, 2014

Here are a few photos from the faeryland that is Spring Hammock Preserve, home to many ancient cypress trees.

First Day of Spring, Egret’s.

March 20th, 2014

Spring is here!

And with the spirit of Spring, here are some nesting Great Egret’s, with their beautiful plumage and green lore’s of breeding season…

Sandhill Crane’s, and new Bird Nest Painting.

March 16th, 2014

My Bird Nest No. 36 is the Sandhill Crane. The nest is made of embroidery floss and dried flowers.

Here we have some Sandhill Crane’s that are about a week old. I have visited them twice now, and I already want to see them again. The cuteness is too much!