Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Watercolor Birds #30: Black Skimmer

Woohoo! Thirty birds! Even 31 if you count the two species of crows.

The first time I saw this bird was on Rockaway Beach in NYC. I thought it was amazingly cute and unusual, even though I didn't notice at the time that its upper beak is shorter than the lower one! How cool is that? My adoration was not reciprocated. The flock of them started to fly toward me, just above my head. So I backed off and let them have that stretch of the beach all to themselves.

I'm not completely pleased with the way the background came out. Those specks by the legs are supposed to be sand flying around, but I haven't mastered that technique yet, obviously.

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