The European roller (Coracias garrulus) is a jackdaw sized bird (30-32 cm), with a 66-73 cm wingspan. It’s head, neck and belly are bright skyblue, and its back is chestnut brown. The blue and violet coverts and the contrasting black primaries and secondaries become clearly visible in flight.
The male and female are similar in appearance, although the male has slightly brighter colours during the breeding season.
Juveniles are paler, with brown cheeks and breast, the outermost tail feathers are shorther and have no black colour on them. The second-year birds have unmoulted greater coverts; the flight feathers and tail are very worn.
I’m sharing with you my new needle felted creations.
My first bird is this little owl (Athene noctua). The name ‘Little Owl’ is the accepted common name of this species, not just a cute way to describe them, although they are very cute! I used multiple images of Little Owl to see the shape and the typical patterns.
Eyes are very important, so I started with clear glass doll eyes and hand painted with acrylic paint. The shape of the owl is made from merino wool. I used steel wire for the frame of the foots wrapped with wool.
I’m really pleased with how he turned out.
Just finished this Falco vespertinus, digital painting. Used my Wacom art pen to create the lifelike feathers. This painting is for a publication of Milvus Group’s for the conservation of the Red-footed. FalconsRed-footed Falcon populations across much of its European habitat range have suffered a decrease and, for this reason, it has become a priority species in the European Union.