I’m going to try and do the Decembird challenge, because I need more practise drawing birds. The theme for day 1 is favourite, so here are some Victoria crowned pigeons!
They are the best pigeons. They have the best mowhawks, the thickest eyeliner, and they sound just exactly like when you blow across the top of a bottle! They’re also proving rather difficult to draw. I’m not happy with the proportions of the top one, but I do like the pencil one on the right.
The Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria) is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast, and red irises. It is part of a genus of three unique, very large, ground-dwelling pigeons native to the New Guinea region.
I was playing with watercolors again and really wanted to paint some birds!
Featured Birds: Peacock, Blue Jay, Blue Bird, Hyacinth Macaw, Asian Fairy Blue Bird, Crowned Pigeon, Little Blue Heron, Blue-Throated Hummingbird, Parakeet, Blue-Footed Booby, Banded Cotinga, Lovebird, Blue Kingfisher
Crowned Pigeon by Tony Via Flickr: Chester Zoo was founded in 1934 in Upton on the outside of Chester in the North West of England.
It is the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain with more than 1.4 million visitors in 2014.
In July 2015 it was named as the best zoo in the UK and seventh in the world by TripAdvisor.
I first visited the Zoo in the early Sixties nd been a regular visitor through the years I held a Zoo membership through the eighties and again over the past few years.
I try to call into the zoo as oftern as possible.
This vist wwas a cold and rainy day so I spent most of the time in the Hot house. A jungle in the winter.
The Blue Crowned Pigeon is considered one of the most beautiful members of the pigeon family. They are found in the rain forests of Indonesia. They are hunted forfood and its plumes. Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range and overhunting in some areas they are known as a threatened species. (Source)