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
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
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?)
After the arduous and inexact and -- for the contestants, perhaps also anxious -- task of singling out the sole individuals to receive honors, BirbObserver can now name ALL its winners for 2018: MOST INSPIRING: … Continue reading HatchLine: Congrats to our 1st Annual Birbie Award Winners!
If you would study the law of a country, consider yourself on an ambling tour of that "ship of state," its deck filled with crew hubbub and the creaking of mooring -- a massive, labyrinthine ship, which turns only deadeningly slow in the water. In August, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!
Coral Gables, Florida -- The rubicund sun lengthened the shadows as we stood on a Miami flagstone patio craning our necks, gazing awestruck at six blue and gold macaws roosting high in the tops of royal palms. Fully half of the remaining flock has showed up to be seen, as if they knew visitors were … Continue reading HatchLine: Feral Macaws Muse in Coconut Palms
You flip the page and suddenly there it is, right in front of you. Bam! The photo smacks you in the face and is instantly, indelibly etched in your mind. That’s the power of great photojournalism. The napalmed nine-year-old Vietnamese girl whose photo altered the trajectory of the Vietnam War. The vulture patiently stalking … Continue reading Horus: Conservation Photographer Pete Oxford
Anika Shatara of Facebook (@laala_the_banana (IG)) opens her palm in Kensington Gardens, and the wild green Indian ringnecks descend: they know the palm holds good food, and they are hungry indeed. These flocks of wild green Indian ringneck parakeets (Psittacula krameri) have oft caused visitors to London's public parks wonder and surprise, the birds' … Continue reading HatchLine: Staying Alive! in Kensington Gardens
Mornings and evenings wild galah cockatoos congregate on the old brick streets of Sancreed Street in Burra, South Australia, by the old Police Stables and Lockup. But, as reported by ABC News Australia, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the urban clearing afforded a different view: lifeless galah bodies littering the ground. Mysteriously dead galah bodies. … Continue reading HatchLine: Morbid Galah Mystery in Picturesque Burra
Owen Pointon's art (Owen N Marg (FB)/@owenpointonartist (IG)) showcases Australia's amazing Atherton Tableland, a fertile plateau in Queensland's Great Dividing Range. The Tableland includes rain forest, savannah, and wetlands and so furnishes welcoming habitats to a huge array of species. While this article primarily features his avian pieces, Owen produces an abundance of other wildlife pieces. … Continue reading Horus: Owen Pointon, Austrialian Wildlife Artist