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24 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

@GracesWarbler You are also welcome to use some of my pictures if needed. I do have photos of most birds of the southwest, though I haven't seen some species in awhile and I know I could definitely improve on some photos of those birds.

 

I wish :classic_sad:.

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9 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

To save a little time, have any of you taken photos of birds in the southwest U.S.?

I have not birded in the southwest, but I do have photos of birds that live there (Ruby-crowned Kinglet is one of them).

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/156211941

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdnuts/

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Here are some links to some of my better photos of some harder to photograph southwestern species

Roadrunner:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/158356481

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/443123001

Scaled Quail:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/158355581

Vermillion Flycatcher

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/347988221

Phainopepla

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/312778931

Elf Owl (not good, but don't know if anyone else here has any photos of them)

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/158358341

 

I have photos of most southwestern species, so if you are looking for any in particular, just check my ebird. 

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Thanks for the offers for bird pictures!  I'll probably reach out to people individually before using any.

I made a post on Facebook about iconic southwest birds, and the most popular suggestions were Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Elegant Trogon, Vermilion Flycatcher, Gila Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Curve-billed Thrasher, Hummingbirds, Verdin, Gambel’s Quail, and Harris Hawk.

Here's a new illustration!  It's a pair of Curve-billed Thrashers making a nest in a cactus in Gilbert, AZ.  It was fun to watch these two work on their nest.

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I like the hand drawing idea. Of course you would be up against the computer software folks who can crank these out by the bucket loads. Not meaning to discourage you at all. Here is one I did in my photo editor (PhotoScape X).  It probably looks  a little too busy for a coloring book but it only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

 

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Thanks for the tip about software, @Chris Clem. I'm vaguely aware of that approach, but I've been enjoying doing the illustrations. It's neat to take a closer look at, for example, the tiny feathers around Verdin eyes or the surprisingly long claws that many birds have. (Plus, I think the drawing adds a nice personal touch.)

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Okay folks, a question: what fun/interesting facts would you like to find in a bird coloring book?  I'd like to add little bits of information, either related to birds in general or birds of the southwest.

On the back of each page, I'm planning to put the bird name (so you can try to ID each picture first), along with a short, interesting description of the bird, and finally a basic description of its colors.  I also plan to have a few dedicated pages about beaks, feet, feathers, and perhaps a couple more.

What fun bird facts come to mind?

On 7/17/2022 at 8:59 PM, SirVive said:

My one suggestion is to have thumbnails of all the pictures colored as a reference - maybe on the back cover.  I find them really helpful for a non-skilled artist.

Thanks for the suggestion. I like the idea, but I also don't want people to feel like they have to match the photo. Coloring should be fun, and using a bit of imagination might be nice.

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16 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

Okay folks, a question: what fun/interesting facts would you like to find in a bird coloring book?  I'd like to add little bits of information, either related to birds in general or birds of the southwest.

On the back of each page, I'm planning to put the bird name (so you can try to ID each picture first), along with a short, interesting description of the bird, and finally a basic description of its colors.  I also plan to have a few dedicated pages about beaks, feet, feathers, and perhaps a couple more.

What fun bird facts come to mind?

Thanks for the suggestion. I like the idea, but I also don't want people to feel like they have to match the photo. Coloring should be fun, and using a bit of imagination might be nice.

Habitat, the birds habits, range.

 

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9 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

Here's another topic page.  Similar to the one with beaks, this one will have text about bird feet and claws.  I'll do a third one about feathers.  Anyone recognize this bird?

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Looks like a dinosaur to me ?

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5 hours ago, lonestranger said:

No, but I'm willing to embarrass myself with a guess. American Pelican?

I saw pelicans at the same place, but this is another big water bird.

4 hours ago, SirVive said:

Looks like a dinosaur to me ?

Haha, right enough!

This one will be another topic page, focusing on feathers.  Unlike the last one, this one should actually be colorful.  (It's the only type of wild parrot I've seen in the southwest.)

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I redid two of the early ones to make them a bit better: a Black-crowned Night Heron and a Red-winged Blackbird!

I'm looking for pictures of some iconic southwest birds: Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Elegant Trogon, Vermilion Flycatcher, and Phainopepla.  Anyone have photos of these that I could trace for the book?

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On 8/2/2022 at 6:18 AM, Spyonabird said:

You are welcome to use any of my photos.  They are mainly from the Eastern US.

https://flic.kr/ps/3gxxst

Good luck with your project

Denise 

Cool, thanks!  I'll check it out.

Here's two little drawings.  I want to have some small drawings for the title page and the final page.  I think the Northern Rough-winged Swallow below looks a bit annoyed.  I might try to fix that.

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