Tuesday, February 17, 2015

From Kenn's Drawing Table: Saddle-billed Stork

Kenn Writes: Here's a work in progress:
                    
                               Saddle-billed Stork (oils on illustration board). 

Widespread in Africa, these huge birds are usually seen singly or in pairs, not in flocks like some other stork species. I'd seen many in Kenya in the past, but in South Africa last fall Kimberly and I spent time watching a few of them closely. Most that we saw had the distal part of the bill darkened (probably stained by mud) so I painted the bird that way. This is a female; males have dark eyes and a yellow wattle at the base of the bill.

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