After selling both of my bird paintings, I decided to draw another one. My cousin is a great photographer and recently began a large portfolio of marsh wildlife in the San Francisco Bay Area, I think this photograph was taken in Byxbee Park, Palo Alto area. So many fabulous Egrets to choose from but this one spoke to me. Therefore, I asked David if I could use one of his photos, this is the finished drawing, which I named “Flight of Grace.” When thinking about creating a new bird of prey painting or drawing I wanted to capture all the details of those beautiful wings, I chose pencil as a medium which I can control all the shadows and details, (my favorite medium) then its habitat was left to my imagination I hope you enjoy the finished creation.
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The Great White Egret is related to the Great Blue Heron, their habitat is found near salt and fresh water wetlands, streams, and ponds. When thinking about what these birds would feed on I only considered fish but they also eat amphibians, reptiles, and mice. They nest in trees and group in colonies. The Egret is monogamous and both parents incubate the eggs. When hatched there is lots of sibling rivalry, for only the strong survive with these birds so I will not go into that it is too brutal. The great egret is a conservation success story (Per the National Audubon Society) as in the 19th-century their plumage was used for women’s fashions. Oh we humans!