Dimensions (unframed): 18 x 24"
Materials: Graphite on Watercolor Paper
During my bird banding apprenticeship at the Point Reyes National Seashore in California, one of the birds I was most excited to see was the Acorn Woodpecker. It took quite a bit of effort to gather enough reference materials to complete a drawing that seemed to represent some of their social behaviors and noisy tendencies (see my YouTube video for one of my birding/photography outings)! This work was an absolute joy from start to finish, and I loved being able to experiment with graphite powder for the first time to create the blurry background.
Acorn Woodpeckers are best known for their foraging habits, in which they will drill many, many holes into trees and place an appropriately sized acorn into each one. They are also very vocal, and finding them is not usually very hard if they're around! They are very common in the Pt. Reyes area, although they sadly were never present in our bird banding sites, and we never caught any!