This is the second Loggerhead Shrike of the year. The worm dangling from his mouth makes him slightly less adorable than the other bird.
This looks like an inquisitive fellow. Since “Magpie” is an affectionate name I now use for my daughter, I may keep and frame this one for her room, along with another one made later in the year.
I call my daughter “Magpie” now. During the year I drew the birds, I never thought of this. But it seemed such a natural nickname once she was born.
I kept it simple on this bird, almost an outline or silhouette.
Another National Geographic model. One of my daydreams is to be a photographer for Nat Geo – but then I’d have to be a seriously good photographer instead of an illustrator. Mostly, I just want to travel on someone else’s dime and see lots of cool stuff. If I won the lottery, that’s what I’d do.