July 2020

Owls Awareness Day

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

I'm hearing it's the Owls Awareness Day today, so here's my wildlife illustration of an owl for you :)

This majestic short-eared owl looks like it's gazing straight into your soul! ;)

Short-eared owls belong to the “asio” group of owls, having tufts of feathers resembling the ears of mammals, which may otherwise be invisible, but when angered, this bird will display its stunning “flame-coloured” feathers, hence the name “flammeus”.

Atlantic puffins love Skellig Michael!

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Earlier this month, for the first time ever, I had a pleasure to see many of the beautiful Atlantic puffins flying over the North Atlantic Ocean, close to their famous Irish home – Skellig Michael. I haven't taken any photos of them as it was unbearably cold and wet on the boat, with the water pouring all over me, so I was focusing rather on having myself (and my camera) well wrapped! ;) Next time I'll be coming with a wet suit on me! ;)

Instead of a perfect nature photo, here's a drawing I'm enjoying working on – I hope you like this puffin art!

Hedgehog – A4 fine art prints are now available in my store

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This tiny little creature, although looks scary to many, is truly a wonder of nature.

The spines on its back are safe to touch and not poisonous, unlike its distant cousin’s porcupine.

It can roll into a ball of spikes when threatened, other than that it's a pretty calm creature.

Hedgehogs are usually brown, with pale tips to the spines, but you can find blonde hedgehogs on the UK island of Alderney.