Eared Grebe - Graphite on Paper
Copyright 2011, Nicole MacPherson
I had actually started drawing a White-Throated Sparrow. But it was a fight. So I switched to this Eared Grebe. He glided right out of the page, smooth as can be! Wish I knew how that happens, so I could do it more often!
This guy is displaying his crest, I liked the way it looked like a tophat!
Eared Grebes are mind blowing. Non-birders only see them in the distance, so they're written off as ducks. But when you start looking with binoculars? They're so different! The slender neck, the fluffy tails, the needle-like bill, the yellow facial plumes, and that red eye! An amazing little bird, pretty common around here, but so rarely appreciated!