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Orange-breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) Painting: A Mile Marker

by Bryce W. Robinson

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I feel really fortunate for the opportunity to illustrate and paint during the six months I’ve spent in Central America. My time here has really expanded my understanding of birdlife, and strengthened all of my skills with which I employ to communicate this understanding to others. I’ve been a bit more familiar with the Orange-breasted Falcon each time I’ve painted it, and on reflection I think it shows in each painting. This has taught me the value of studying structure, plumage, posture, effects of light, and personality in each species I illustrate. Being familiar with your subject (from field study) is integral to rendering it correctly, which means I’ll need to spend more time in the field looking at birds.

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A Crested Auklet as a Prey Item in an Inland Gyrfalcon Nest as Detailed in Marine Ornithology

by Bryce W. Robinson

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Photo 1. Image of a Crested Auklet that was delivered to a Gyrfalcon nest, located over 100 km from the nearest coastline. Image published in Marine Ornithology 44(2) 229-231.

The fist publication from my Gyrfalcon research is now available online:

http://www.marineornithology.org/PDF/44_2/44_2_229-231.pdf

The account (Robinson and Anderson 2016) published in Marine Ornithology details a strange prey item, an adult Crested Auklet, delivered to one of the Gyrfalcon nests I had placed a camera in during the summer of 2015. All details are in the paper, so be sure to give it a read.

More Gyrfalcon publications to come!

Referenced literature:

ROBINSON, B.W. & ANDERSON, D.L. 2016. Crested Auklet Aethia cristatella as a prey item in an inland Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus nest. Marine Ornithology 44: 229–231.

Harpy Eagle Painting for the Journal of Raptor Research

by Bryce W. Robinson

FullSizeRenderI’m honored and thankful for the opportunity to have painted the cover art for issue 1 of the 50th anniversary of the RRF’s Journal of Raptor Research. The issue features an article from The Peregrine Fund’s Harpy Eagle work, along with an article detailing a friend’s master’s work on Burrowing Owls, an excellent article on Gyrfalcon movement’s, and a lot more. I’m so happy for the opportunity to add to an organization that does such incredible work and carries the tradition of raptor studies forward.

For more information or to access the articles, visit the Journal of Raptor Research website.