northeastnature:

My first mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) of the season! They overwinter as adults and come out early, often when there’s still snow. Males pick a nice territory and defend it. This one was alternately showing off and shivering. I love the little indigo spots.

This butterfly is called the Camberwell Beauty in the UK, after the place where it was first found here. It joins the Dartford Warbler and Kentish Plover in the category of ‘species with non-sense-making location names’! It’s an extremely rare vagrant here and I’ve never met anyone who’s seen one. I love the name Mourning Cloak.

northeastnature:

My first mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) of the season! They overwinter as adults and come out early, often when there’s still snow. Males pick a nice territory and defend it. This one was alternately showing off and shivering. I love the little indigo spots.

This butterfly is called the Camberwell Beauty in the UK, after the place where it was first found here. It joins the Dartford Warbler and Kentish Plover in the category of ‘species with non-sense-making location names’! It’s an extremely rare vagrant here and I’ve never met anyone who’s seen one. I love the name Mourning Cloak.

My first skull

I bought my first skull on thursday! Will reveal the species soon hopefully, probably on my nature blog as it fits with some other stuff I’ve been writing about, but may post pics here too.


I bought it at the New Forest Show last week. And this is unrelated to the skull I bought, but Sparsholt College (local vocational college specialising in all things farming, zoological and vetinary) had a stand there and there was a MASSIVE skull on the stand. It had huge hole at the front where the nose would go, so I thought maybe an elephant skull, an Indian elephant, but the guy said it wasn’t but it was close. Then I guessed tapir and that was correct! He said South America, so I guess a Brazilian tapir. He let me hold it for a moment to show how heavy it was and HOLY CRAP WAS IT HEAVY. I had never realised Brazilian tapirs were so big! The skull was amazing but also kind of gunky, I think it needed a bit more decomposition. Washed my hands after touching it. :O The skull I bought was fully bleached, else they (the stand I bought it from) probably wouldn’t have been able to sell it to me!

What I’m working on right now. On the left is the layout sketch in my sketchbook, on the right is the real thing on watercolour paper (hopefully I’ll start painting after work tomorrow, Tuesday if Monday is as horrible as Mondays usually are at my job!). In the middle is printouts of the original sketches of the Sparrowhawk that I’m working from. I lost the sketchbook they were in, sadly, but they are on my nature blog if you’re interested! http://a20somethingsnaturediary.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/sparrowhawk-sketches.html

What I’m working on right now. On the left is the layout sketch in my sketchbook, on the right is the real thing on watercolour paper (hopefully I’ll start painting after work tomorrow, Tuesday if Monday is as horrible as Mondays usually are at my job!). In the middle is printouts of the original sketches of the Sparrowhawk that I’m working from. I lost the sketchbook they were in, sadly, but they are on my nature blog if you’re interested! http://a20somethingsnaturediary.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/sparrowhawk-sketches.html

Father’s Day card! As a family we’ve been enjoying the exploits of the Springwatch bitterns. The bittern is such a strange bird that it looks like a cartoon even when it’s not. :D Its eyes point downwards so it can look at you from under its own head. It’s a good thing I didn’t have the exact light brown marker I wanted because it meant I had to blend and overlayer colours I did have. I feel like I’m really learning about my pens. I adore these markers. <3 Natural history illustration and markers are match I want to make happen.

Father’s Day card! As a family we’ve been enjoying the exploits of the Springwatch bitterns. The bittern is such a strange bird that it looks like a cartoon even when it’s not. :D Its eyes point downwards so it can look at you from under its own head. It’s a good thing I didn’t have the exact light brown marker I wanted because it meant I had to blend and overlayer colours I did have. I feel like I’m really learning about my pens. I adore these markers. <3 Natural history illustration and markers are match I want to make happen.

libutron:

Pink Robin
Petroica rodinogaster (Passeriformes - Petroicidae), better known as Pink Robin, is a small tubby bird, and is easily over-looked, being quieter than other robins. Males have a diagnostic pink wash on the breast which extends right down under the belly.
Pink robins are only found in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. The Breeding habitat for this robins has been reduced by clear-felling of rainforest, affecting the species’ overall breeding success. This species is listed as vulnerable in New South Wales.
Reference: [1]
Photo credit: ©Alwyn Simple
Locality: Mt. Stirling, Victoria, Australia

*involuntary squeak* I can&#8217;t believe this is a real bird!

libutron:

Pink Robin

Petroica rodinogaster (Passeriformes - Petroicidae), better known as Pink Robin, is a small tubby bird, and is easily over-looked, being quieter than other robins. Males have a diagnostic pink wash on the breast which extends right down under the belly.

Pink robins are only found in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. The Breeding habitat for this robins has been reduced by clear-felling of rainforest, affecting the species’ overall breeding success. This species is listed as vulnerable in New South Wales.

Reference: [1]

Photo credit: ©Alwyn Simple

Locality: Mt. Stirling, Victoria, Australia

*involuntary squeak* I can’t believe this is a real bird!

(via zooophagous)

Trying out some a new set of brush markers, and also a northern lights wolf concept. The northern lights are great because they can be any colour combination you want. ^^ Also drawing animal poses realistically is awesome and I always want to get better, but sometimes I like to draw weird twisted animal poses too. Next: gyrfalcon! (hopefully)

Trying out some a new set of brush markers, and also a northern lights wolf concept. The northern lights are great because they can be any colour combination you want. ^^ Also drawing animal poses realistically is awesome and I always want to get better, but sometimes I like to draw weird twisted animal poses too. Next: gyrfalcon! (hopefully)

howtoskinatiger:

This is ridiculous. Taxidermy, pelts, fur, bones and other animal parts are totally LEGAL to sell so long as the animal in question is not endangered or otherwise protected. 

Many people make a living from selling these items and I personally buy animal parts through sellers on ebay regularly. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean you have the right to try and prevent people who do enjoy and make a living from such items.

Good thing these e-petitions are worthless and never do anything!

It ended in 2005, and never got its signatures. What a thing to protest, honestly. :| ‘The fur trade has taken over eBay as well.’ Yep, that fur trade! Runs everything!!

Changes

I’m working really hard making a costume at the moment (MCM’s coming up :D) but when I’ve finished it I want to look at this blog and my website and think about making some changes. I want to refresh my website with some recent work, especially some of my ‘drawing people’ sketches and maybe some from the natural history sketchbook?


But this blog, I want to start combining with some of my feather and bone finds. I used to keep this art only (and specifically my art only, because I worry with the way tumblr works, people casually looking at this blog who don’t know tumblr might think work I reblog is by me) but I’m relaxing that a little, and want to do so even more. After all, natural history is my biggest area of inspiration. :) Will think it over more when my costume’s done.

Loving chatting to people tonight :) If anyone has anything they want to ask, shoot! Or suggestions or comparisons or anything ♥

Hi! I love your blog, it’s really inspiring. I don’t currently rot down dead animals and probably won’t for quite a long time, but I do collect bones if they are already clean/nearly clean, and I collect feathers all the time, feathers are my biggest love. I always enjoy seeing the things you post and would love to talk to you sometime!

(Source: mydeadthingsdiary)

mydeadthingsdiary:

Well it’s that time … IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
To celebrate 700 people following this blog (which still hasn’t quite sunk in … so many people … ಠ_ಠ) and also to share some of my recent roadkill findings, I’m hosting a giveaway! ~ *:・゚✧ But, I wanted to make this a giveaway with a bit of a twist…
 I will definitely be giving away, at least -★ A small vial of feathers from Michael the peregrine falcon★ A deer molar★ A piece of pheasant skin (preserved) with yellow and orange feathers attached
If the winner of the giveaway has alcohol and a jar in which to keep it, I will also be giving away awet preserved hind paw [x, x] from a Benedict Cumberbadger, the European badger I picked up recently! For ease of posting I would take it out of the jar the paws are currently in and post in (several) ziplock bags, hence why the winner would need their own preservatives to keep the paw in. However, if the winner is would not able to keep the badger paw, I would substitute it for something from my etsy shop.
Also, I will throw in some other items over the course of the giveaway :3 Other items I’m considering adding are the rabbit fur stole you can see part of in the above photo, a salt dried platy, a european rabbit skull and various feathers from different species.
~*✧*~
Entry Rules:▶ UK &amp; EU residents only★ You do not have to be a current follower▶ Liking or reblogging this post will count as one entry. Multiple reblogs do not increase your chances of winning (sorry guys but I’m hoping it’ll be a lot easier to pick the winner this way as last time I was scrolling through peoples blogs to count how many times they had reblogged the post v_v)★ The giveaway will end on May 1st 2014, midnight GMT time▶ Your ask box must be open so I can contact you when you win. I will wait 24hrs before drawing another name!

Oh! &lt;3 Peregrine feathers&#8230; :&#8217;O

mydeadthingsdiary:

Well it’s that time … IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

To celebrate 700 people following this blog (which still hasn’t quite sunk in … so many people ಠ_ಠ) and also to share some of my recent roadkill findings, I’m hosting a giveaway! ~ *:・゚✧
But, I wanted to make this a giveaway with a bit of a twist…

I will definitely be giving away, at least -
★ A small vial of feathers from Michael the peregrine falcon
★ A deer molar
★ A piece of pheasant skin (preserved) with yellow and orange feathers attached

If the winner of the giveaway has alcohol and a jar in which to keep it, I will also be giving away awet preserved hind paw [x, x] from a Benedict Cumberbadger, the European badger I picked up recently! For ease of posting I would take it out of the jar the paws are currently in and post in (several) ziplock bags, hence why the winner would need their own preservatives to keep the paw in. However, if the winner is would not able to keep the badger paw, I would substitute it for something from my etsy shop.

Also, I will throw in some other items over the course of the giveaway :3 
Other items I’m considering adding are the rabbit fur stole you can see part of in the above photo, a salt dried platy, a european rabbit skull and various feathers from different species.

~*✧*~

Entry Rules:
▶ UK & EU residents only
 You do not have to be a current follower
▶ Liking or reblogging this post will count as one entry. Multiple reblogs do not increase your chances of winning (sorry guys but I’m hoping it’ll be a lot easier to pick the winner this way as last time I was scrolling through peoples blogs to count how many times they had reblogged the post v_v)
 The giveaway will end on May 1st 2014, midnight GMT time
▶ Your ask box must be open so I can contact you when you win. I will wait 24hrs before drawing another name!

Oh! <3 Peregrine feathers… :’O