Blue-winged Teal (9 by 11" graphite on paper)
The month of May is my favourite month of the year and those who know me know I really like birds, Raptors and waterfowl in particular. May is always exciting when all the ducks start coming back from their wintering grounds and in full breeding plumage too. One morning in early May I set up a duck blind by some small pond and was able to watch this Blue-winged teal for a few minutes within mere feet from my blind. It was from that morning where I decided to create this small drawing of that Blue-winged teal. I think most ducks are over looked at times because for the most part they really do look like dark little specks on the water. But when you get close enough, and the time of year is just right, I think that they are some of the most spectacular creatures we have!