Category Archives: birds

100,000 Ways to Start a Painting

Actually, it’s probably somewhere in the billions. Anyone with a pencil or brush can devise a new method. I like to experiment. Here’s my newest: take an original field sketch and make a thumbnail rough on another piece of paper. … Continue reading

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Friday Fauna-Jungle Escape Pod

The cat caught a mouse between my bare feet this week. She’d lain siege for days listening to it scrabble and gnaw behind the kitchen baseboards. While I stood at the sink and washed dishes, I felt a light breeze … Continue reading

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Friday Figures-Icons of Change

Ms. Magazine founder and icon of feminist activism, Gloria Steinem, will be the keynote speaker at the Choices 2013 fundraising dinner and art auction on September 21 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The event … Continue reading

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Friday- Feathers or Figures? Feathers.

In a recent post about chestnut-headed oropendolas, I promised to get back to you with better (published) information, and after some searching found The Nesting Habits of Wagler’s Oropendola (Zarhynchus wagleri) On Barro Colorado Island, from the Bulletin of the … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- Drawing The Motmot

The motmot embodies the mystery of the tropics, an invisible voice behind the jungle’s green curtain. Secretive, it sometimes hides in plain view, relying on stillness for camouflage. The motmot is a ventriloquist. Its deep double note resonates from everywhere … Continue reading

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Random Oddities from the Rainforest Planet

The word of the day: mucilage. Rolls right off the tongue. It’s a zoo out here. And a botanical garden. And a science camp, a steam bath and a cabinet of wonders all grabbled up in one writhing clump of … Continue reading

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Friday Feathers- The Lady Oropendola Weaving Collective

A flock of chestnut headed oropendolas, oriole relatives common to the Canal Zone of Panama, are establishing a colony in a bare-branched tree near our cabina on the hill. There are seven of them and they’ve just gotten started as … Continue reading

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