I stopped by Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple last night to discuss an upcoming exhibition of 50 Little Birds (Details next week). While there I picked up a copy of a calendar, Decoys, edited by C. John Sullivan, Jr. It’s a beautiful calendar with twelve photos of historic and significant decoys. Studying these photos helps to clarify painted feather and distress patterns.
Within the photos I also found two birds that are on my carving list, a northern flicker and whip-poor-will. These are not birds I associate with hunting and decoys. They were fascinating work with interesting and new (to me) techniques.
These discoveries sent me plying the internet waters looking for other minature bird and decoy cross overs. Here are a few:
I found this magnificant bluejay here:
Some more are found here:
Unfortunately the two in the foreground are identified as nuthatches.