Luke Tiller – Bird Artist ;)

26 03 2010

White-throated Sparrow - Luke Tiller

Just messing around with some old sketches that I made of a few birds. Perhaps it’s time to dig out the old sketch pad again and give bird drawing another go. Of course when you’re friends with professional artists it’s hard not to feel intimidated by ones own paltry efforts but still quite a lot of fun to mess around with.

Blatant Advertising – but of a good kind!

23 03 2010

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Catherine Hamilton

Not really for me. I just wanted to draw your attention to a few cool things that are coming up or occuring in the world of birds right now.

Raptor Conference – Audubon Greenwich – May 7th and 8th

First off Audubon Greenwich will be holding a Raptor Conservation conference at the Audubon Centre in Greenwich on May 7th and 8th (click here for details). It should be a really cool day with a chance to get to hear about raptor conservation projects both locally and continentally. With Guests from Hawk Mountain and Veracruz it’s a dream line up for anyone interested in hawkwatching, raptors or conservation. I’ll be there manning the hawkwatch and hope to get to meet some of the hawkwatchers from the Tri-state area and beyond. It’ll be a great chance to meet up with like minded people and to share some tips, experiences and gossip with your local hawkwatching fraternity as well as to find out how to get more involved in raptor conservation projects. You can register online for the event at the bottom of the page!

What have Lukes friends been up to?

All About Birds

If you have been hibernating this month you might have missed Catherine Hamilton’s online exhibition on the All About Birds website (click here). Go check it out, the artwork is absolutely stunning and I’m not just saying that because I am heavily biased. Move over David Sibley! A few of the pieces were produced right here in Greenwich including one of my particular favorites the Red-bellied Woodpecker – go check it out.

Benjamin Van Dorens Blog

New York birder, Greenwich Hawk watcher, and blogger extraordinaire Benjamin has recently become president of the New York State Young Birders club as well so congratulations to him. Here is a link to his blog from a day we spent chasing birds up in New York State (click here)

Birds of North America Fashion Line

At a recent Chelsea art gallery opening I ran into a nice artist who was telling me about his passion for birding and about his girlfriends fashion line that takes its collection names from birds (check it out here).

Poetry in Motion

30 04 2009
Osprey - AJ Hand

Osprey - AJ Hand

Finally getting my brain back into gear after an amazing tour of Colorado. So many highlight moments to enjoy including standing knee deep in snow looking for Williamson’s Sapsucker, rounding up all three Rosy Finches and even getting to hold a few in my hand, Boreal Owl tooting from a mountain pass at midnight, lekking Greater Prairie-chickens surrounding our car on a ranch in Wray and maybe best of all a sunset encounter with my first Moose and a Golden Eagle perched above it as we swept across the plains of Northern Colorado. This week I’ll be putting together the numerous stories from the trip and posting a report here. Details on next years tour can be found here.

Whilst I work on the report I thought I’d share this little poem that my mother sent me from the RSPB site. We have covered bird art, photography and music so lets throw a little prose into the mix. In his final month as poet laureate Andrew Motion (clever post title huh!) has contributed the linked piece to the RSPB ‘Moments’ campaign (poem here). Whilst on the subject of Ospreys, here is a little piece I put together for Windcheck Magazine The artwork for the piece (and above) is provided by my good friend AJ Hand – if you haven’t done so already check out his photography on the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park site in the links.

House Sparrows…they’ll nest just about anywhere

29 04 2009

The humble house sparrow and other ‘trash’ birds get a bad press all in all. Obviously being non-native species in the States there are concerns about the way they affect our native species, and if truth be told it would probably be better if they weren’t here at all (here’s a site with some of the history of their introduction). I however have to admit to a kind of begrudging affection for the little blighters. It seems to me that one has to have some kind of respect for a bird that has adapted so compltely to the general mess we have made of its planet. Rather than going the way of many extinct or declining birds (the most pressing problems for most birds is habitat loss), the humble House Sparrow has not only survived, but has thrived right here along with us. Anyway, my wife sent me a link to this website which has House Sparrows nesting on a host of commercial signage (here). I guess you could call the photography art?