The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Okay bird experts, what is it? It is something that I have never painted before.
This is the entire painting, 8x10". These are the rarest of the alcids, a group of chunky seabirds that includes the puffins. These guys occur only in the outer Aleutian Islands, and I believe the Kuril Islands as well. They are Whiskered Auklets.
The pair in this painting are getting a running start across the surface of the water before take off. Flight is difficult when you have such comparatively tiny wings.
Right now is prime southward migration time for shorebirds. I rode my bicycle along the coastal trail to check them out. This is a view of downtown Anchorage at high tide.
There were many hundreds of the usual suspects, mostly Short-billed Dowitchers, like these at Westchester.
A lesser number of Hudsonian Godwits as usual, and very few smaller peeps.
Most of the Bonaparte's Gulls were still in their breeding plummage.