This illustration of a male American Robin (Turdus migratorius) was completed on April 4, 2018. This drawing is based on a photograph I took at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon during wildlife surveys in April 2017. The background on the main image is based on landscape photos I've taken in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California.
This illustration of a Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) was completed on January 22, 2018. The drawing is based on a photo I took at Elyria Canyon Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2016. It is the only known record of that species for that park.
This illustration of a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) was completed on January 17, 2018. The drawing is based on a composite of images, with the heron based on a photo I took at the Sepulveda Basin in 2015.
This illustration of a King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) was completed on January 10, 2018. This drawing is based on a photograph I took at the Los Angeles Zoo in 2016. Though I have seen the species plenty of times in the wild, I have never obtained photographs of a wild bird.
This illustration of a Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was completed on December 8, 2017. The drawing is based on a photo I took during a colonial waterbird nesting survey in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County, California in September 2017.
This illustration of a Great Horned Owl was completed on June 27, 2017. The drawing is based on a photo I took of a Great Horned Owl perched in a tamarisk tree near a nest site during a raptor nesting survey in Riverside County, California.
This illustration of a Red-tailed Hawk was completed on February 18, 2017. While a see a resident pair daily around my home in Los Angeles, this illustration is based upon a close-up photo of a cooperative subadult Red-tailed Hawk that I took while on vacation in southern Baja. The feathering was extremely time consuming, primarily because the reference bird had worn plumage resulting in uneven feather shapes.
The Keel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) is commonly found from southern Mexico south to Venezuela and Colombia. The species is social and mostly frugivorous. It is also the national bird of Belize. This is my first attempt at a more abstract style in a vector illustration program. This work was completed on December 20, 2016.
This illustration of a male Allen's Hummingbird was completed in late 2015. This species is very common around my house in the hills just outside of Los Angeles. Males patrol territories and fight any and all intruders, even larger birds. This drawing is based upon a photograph I took of one such patrolling male in the park next to my home.