The Ever-Regal Queen of All Birdland
Kai

This is a portrait of my pet bird Kai, a 20 inch peach colored Moluccan Cockatoo. Some of her beautiful peach, yellow and orange feathers are included in the lower corner of the art piece. They are an endangered species from the Indonesian island of Molucca.
Kai talks, laughs like a human, chews up wood, likes her back scratched, and is very friendly. She is very good natured but screams loudly at dusk when the sun is going down.....some kind of a nesting instinct.

Cockatoo
16" x 20"
Item # 606

Raven

The Raven

The raven is found in the Far North and all over the West in the US. Similar to a crow, they post a sentinel when feeding and walk rather than hop. Extremely intelligent, they were venerated by the American Indians. They seem to have an interest in shiny objects. I met an artist couple in the Central California Valley that kept one as a pet. They let it roam free around the studio, and it would take glittery things. They would often have to get out the ladder to look on the top of cabinets for a wristwatch or keys.

Raven
14" x 11"
Item # 604
Raven In Progress

Raven in progress.

Cline's process may be viewed here.



Ellen's Pelicans...
Banded Pelican


Pelicans are one of the largest of all flying birds.
The largest species have a wing span of up to 9 ft. Their most obvious characteristic is their bill with a large elastic pouch suspended beneath the lower mandible. Both the Brown Pelican and the American White are found from the Great Lakes to the Galapagos Island. Old world species are also found in Africa, Southeastern Europe, Asia and Australia.
They eat mainly fish which they scoop up in their large expanding pouch, using it like a net, which then contracts, squeezing out the water.

Banded Pelican
11" x 14"
Item # 603
Pelican Flies Into The Moon Pelican Flies Into The Moon
14 " x 11"
Item # 602
Pelican Takes Flight
Pelican Takes Flight
Limited Edition
4 ' x 3'
Romance of the Grebes Romance of the Greebes
Limited Edition
4 ' x 3'
Romance of the Greebes
Limited Edition, Framed
4 ' x 3'
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Limited Edition
4 ' x 3

Great Blue Heron Takes Flight


Great Blue Heron Takes Flight

This original cast paper sculpture depicts a Great Blue Heron taking flight. The most common heron in North America, they can be found in both wetlands and still water. The Blue Heron is usually found alone standing in the water, waiting patiently to spear a fish. The mature bird is huge with a wing span as large as 6 feet with a heavy yellow beak and a long neck. It is mainly blue gray with white and black streaks, while the juvenile is more gray brown and has no plumes. The alarm call is a series of four hoarse squawks.


12" x 16"
Item # 605

Sandhill Crane

 

Sandhill Crane

This handmade cast paper sculpture shows a crane landing. Standing 5 feet tall they make an incredibly elegant impression. The young are brown and the adults are gray with a splash of red on the crown of their heads. Their flight is an alternation of gliding and flapping and they are often seen in large flocks except in breeding season. The courtship display is a wild dance and they tend to mate for life.

3' x 2'
Limited Edition
Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret lives in both salt-water wetlands and freshwater lakes. They hunt in shallow muddy water, probing and stirring up the bottom with their vivid yellow feet. Startling fish and frogs, they spear them with that sharp bill.

12" x 16"
Item # 607