Times readers were invited to share their drawings of the avian life around them. Here are more of our favorites.
I love to draw birds and I plant flowers in my garden to attract them. I have been drawing and painting with watercolors most of my life.
I love the Northern cardinal because it is red and I love red. It makes me happy when I see it. I also love it because it sings a lovely song.
I wanted to reflect the majesty of this particular bird while also adding a bit of drama with the bright colors in the background. I painted on pages from a plant taxonomy textbook left over from graduate school.
I don’t know much about birds but I was struck by this very lively one sitting on a branch. I photographed it because it looked to me like a sparrow, a bird dear to the French.
The drawing is of a puffy mourning dove. It started out as a doodle at work on a miserably slow day. They are notoriously poor nest builders. I suppose they enjoy living life on the edge of a ledge.
For each of the past 38 years my partner, Jane Ashley, has given me a pencil drawing of animals or birds. All to me are treasures.
This is a calliope hummingbird. I’m relatively new to birding. I realized there’s a magical world of sound and color and beauty hidden all around us that I’d never noticed before. I took up drawing so that I could study, learn and record the new birds that I encounter.
I became interested in drawing and painting birds and their nests as my sister started to share her wonderful photos.
My watercolor of a red-bellied woodpecker. I see this beauty every day on the oak tree outside my window. Although it is called ‘red-bellied,’ it appears more ‘red-headed.’ However, that name was taken up earlier by another ‘red-headed’ woodpecker.
Here is my sketch of a Bewick's wren that frequents my Texas backyard. For a few years now we have had them nesting on our back patio. I like to sit out there and watch them hop around, especially when the fledglings are leaving the nest.
Sacred ibis, pencil and watercolor on paper. When I was three years old I drew my first bird, in wax crayons on the back of a bed tray — a kingfisher. I’ve been drawing and painting them ever since.
I paint birds and make notecards. Cardinals are my favorite. I have a screened-in porch that looks out over my flower garden, bird feeders and birdbath.
I draw a lot of birds. I get to appreciate every detail while also adding my own touches, like a glint in the eye or a hint of a smile. It's like the perfect picture I never got to take in the field.
Source: NYTimes Science