In the best of times, artists attain a fruitful mature period when their unique perspective flows untramneled onto canvas, or plaster, or into marble or other media, yielding a significant body of high-quality, distinctive work. Australian wildlife and heritage artist Owen Pointon's recent appointment as Artist in Residence at a new art gallery in Atherton, … Continue reading Horus: Owen Pointon, Pt 2: Life, Loves & Inspiration
STEP ONE I start by preparing the canvas with two coats of acrylic backing paint. For this painting I have used straw colour, as it will help to bring out the light filtering through the rainforest foliage. I then sketch the main subject which is a photo of a Cassowary and chicks which I have … Continue reading Horus: Owen Pointon’s “Cassowary”: Technique
A big thank you to each reader, follower and supporter, for their suggestions and support over time! And a special thanks to my mentor through American Federation of Aviculture (AFA), Lewis "Buddy" Waskey IV, Vice president, Legislative. Buddy serves on BirbObserver's Advisory Council and to date has batted 1.000 with recommendations which, when followed, have … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Aviculture Appreciation Day and Our New ConSAv Page
Tony Silva -- winner of BirbObserver's 1st Annual Birbie for Best Aviculturist-- earned his wings in exotics field research and zoo management (Silva is a former Loro Parque Curator) as well as in aviculture. Author of the ever-informative Psittaculture (now available in its second, updated edition!), Silva exudes a focused energy, keen attention and calm competence. … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: THE Aviculturist– Tony Silva
US aviculturists whisper in excited anticipation: US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) may within the next two years "delist" the amiable golden conure -- or Queen of Bavaria conure (Guaruba guarouba), legalizing US sales of the bird. As golden conures readily bond with humans, pet market pundits predict the golden conure will rise rapidly on … Continue reading Gen(i)us: That Golden Queen of Bavaria Guaruba guarouba! (Gobbledygook?)
One can hardly keep pace with the Sydney Birdie Meet Ups group. After only two Play Dates, the group already numbers 152 (parront) members! Most recently, Sunday, January 20th, the group held their Second Play Date at the gracious home of Shantel Telly Byrd. Owner of Yoshi's Feathered Retreat and zoology student, Shantel excels at … Continue reading Psitta-Social: No Stopping Sydney Birdies!
January 25-27, 2019, Houston. -- The Houston-based National Parrot Rescue and Parrot Foundation (NPRPF) hosted its celebratory 20th Annual Parrot Festival this past weekend, drawing attendance from across North America. "Queen" Georgia Hayes, NPRPF President, and Danny Sigmon, Festival Coordinator, presided over a Convention center decked in colorful tables covered in bird chachki, raffle-ticket drums, … Continue reading HatchLine: Parrot Festival Showcases Four Endangered Yet Resilient Bird Species
Feathers for Native Americans seeks to "Save wild macaws and parrots by gifting moulted feathers to Pueblo-dwelling Native Americans for use in their rich Culture and Traditions, one feather at a a time." There is genius and synergy in this practice: Feathers for Native Americans acts as a precious cog, helping parrot conservation, and Native … Continue reading Horus: Feathers for Native Americans: Saving Parrots One Feather at a Time
[Editor's Note: This article is atypically humorous - a bit of parody-- inspired by US conspiracy theorists who raise baseless objections after any election their candidates lose. The mention of conspiracy allegations here is fiction, a bit of US humor about voting in general. The contests received no actual complaints.] Washington, DC -- A BirbObserver … Continue reading TheRoundUp: Pt 2: Birbies’ Breaking News– Commonwealth Conspiracy, Gaelic Connections
Thanks and appreciation to Mithoo (Instagram @mithoo_indianringneck) for alerting us to this! Kite fighting is an ancient sport, long practiced in cultures across the globe, from India, Japan, Chile, Afghanistan, Nepal to Brazil. Kite string typically is coated with a mix of glue and powdered glass, then used in kite "dogfights" in which the winner … Continue reading HatchLine: Parrot Death Due to Kite String Goes Viral
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