Creature - Double Winged Shrike

October 30, 2013

For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Creature"... a fiction from my imagination... a double winged Shrike.

"Double Winged Shrike" - 3.5x5.5" graphite sketch
October 2013

The Loggerhead Shrike is on the list of my personal favorite birds. We see them sometimes around the New Braunfels area... but mostly down in Bay City, Texas.

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  1. A beautiful shrike, a 'klauwier' in Dutch.

    I've seen a small dead chick pinched to a branch, which told me a shrike had visited that park. They are beautiful birds, but bird of prey too, with strong claws (hence the klauwier 'claw' name in Dutch).

    Your bird seems to transport fungi and dead leaves, maybe he is a seed and pollen transporter too. Birds are giving biodiversity a helping hand with seed dispersal.

    Your drawing has a beautiful curvy composition; you are the Lady of the Lines. :-)

    1. I love that back history on the Dutch name! I only seen beetles impaled on barbed wire around here... thank goodness... because the chick you saw might've made me cry! Thanks so much for the feedback, and sorry for the delayed reply! Cheers.