Friday, January 17, 2014

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

I spied a bunch of these early in the morning on the Chicago river. They are a really fun looking wintertime visitor. When the males puff up their head feathers their heads look cartoonishly large.  Dropped this guy into the sketchbook and realized with all the birds I've drawn so far I haven't really done any waterfowl yet. Gotta change that up since I'm working right along the river these days. I've been spying an awesome assortment of ducks that are a real treat to see.

An interesting fact about these birds is that they nest mainly in nesting holes carved out by Northern Flickers. Norther Flickers usually only use their nests for one breeding season so these guys swoop in and do a bang up job of repurposing old homes. 

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