Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Burrowing Owl

This past winter I was working on a greeting card series featuring local birds of New Mexico (and some not so local). Though right now the card project got put on hold I thought it would be a shame for the drawings to collect dust in my closet.
The first installment is of a Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia. It can be seen most readily during the summer months in New Mexico. These birds nest in underground dens in open fields. Exact numbers of these birds are unknown but it is believed that there are less than 10,000 breeding pairs left in the wild.
I could not decide if I wanted to use color for the cards or just black and white. So you get to see both!

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