Common Cuckoo with it’s distasteful menu

Here I illustrated the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) feeding with hairy caterpillars (Aporia crataegi), which are distasteful to many birds. Cuckoo is an insectivore, eating mainly insects and their larvae. Hairy caterpillars, which are rejected by most birds, are eaten by the … Continue reading

The Long-tailed Tit family

The Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) family are numerous. This little bird usually has 8-12 nestlings.  Here I illustrated five nestlings and the two adult birds.  The young birds are tended by both parents. The Long-tailed Tit nestlings  remain with the parents’ flock over … Continue reading

Bird eggs painting

Next painting illustrating different type of bird eggs. To paint the high lights and soft shadows on the eggs I used the Adobe Photoshop painting program. Honey Buzzard ( Pernis apivorus) egg,  Common Raven (Corvus corax) egg,  Golden Oriole (Oriolus … Continue reading

Nestling types

There are two main types of nestling. One is the downy precocial chick like the Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) and the other the naked altricial nestling, the typical song-bird nestling like Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). The precocial or nidifugous chick is active soon … Continue reading