Predominantly found in Australia, the Letter-winged kite (Elanus scriptus) is a rare raptor. They are the only fully nocturnal raptor, and their soft almost owl-like feathers ensure they can fly quietly and without disturbance.
Detail shots of my “Welcome to Inlé” sculpture, completed early July, 2014.
I realize I mentioned writing more about the piece when I posted these, but now I can’t for the life of me remember what it was I wanted to say.
Watership Down was one of the first novels I read as a child, probably at 10 or 12. I saw the animated film soon after, and it’s clear to me that both the book and the movie made an indelible impression on me. I reread the book every two or three years, and it hasn’t lost any of its power or impact. Most of all, I’m enthralled by the rich stories the rabbits share with one another throughout the novel. My love for mythology was certainly encouraged by reading WSD as a child.
Thanks for the wonderful response to this piece so far, you amazing folks!
Materials and dimensions and all that other good stuff can be found on the turnaround photoset that’s posted on my Tumblr, right below this post.
It could be a that a baby Phoenix is contemplating the unpleasant aspects of growing older.
Or perhaps, a timid bird has interrupted the Phoenix as she prepares her funereal pyre (a delicate moment to say the least!).
—from my sketchbook © 2014 Rob Dunlavey
a pleasing arrangement of shapes, an excellent rhythm, but does it really say anything
color differential between wing and neck suggests bird is a) turtle b) draped in feathery ash blanket - bird calls bird into question, interrogates audience expectation of birdness
Owls may be symbols of wisdom, but they’re actually complete morons
I’M BIG DON’T TOUCH ME
Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus)
Distribution: Western North America
IUCN Status: Least Concern
FACT OF THE NIGHT: owls are the smartest birds, able to speak over 22 bird languages. most owls graduated top of their class at bird school, which is for birds
Have you ever seen how researchers trap terns for banding and data collecting? Because it’s amazing.