So I added a little color to this sketch of a whooping crane juvenile with his wings spread during taxi training, before flight feathers have fully formed. What description comes to your mind when you see him? Prehistoric? Funny? Graceful in the rough? These were a few that passed through my mind!
And I took a short break to visit the colorful bounty that presides at Ijam's Nature Center here in Knoxville, TN, a lure that is irresistable to both me and the birds.
You have to look deeper into that birch to find the subject of the photo midst all that brillant red.
I think I'm safe in saying this is White-throated sparrow. Tennessee is in their wintering range and they are arriving. What a colorful backdrop to show off this beauty. It wasn't planned, I assure you!