There's a mockingbird that sings around here after midnight. I hadn't known they sang at night, but hey, you learn something new every day.
Only the bachelor males sing at night, in an effort to pick up chicks, possibly thinking that if they can keep the female awake, she will eventually snap and scream some mockingbird equivalent of "FINE! I'll mate with you tomorrow, now SHUT UP SO I CAN SLEEP!" (If I was a single female mockingbird, I can't swear this tactic wouldn't work on me--after a coupla sleepless nights, I'll agree to a lot of things if it means I can get some shut-eye.) Once the male gets some nookie, he apparently stops singing at night.
So out back, there is one lonely male mockingbird, singing his heart out, lookin' for love, while love attempts to roost someplace quiet and shoves her primaries in her ears.
I don't mind the singing--I can't hear it from inside--and it's sort of nice to wander out in the dark and hear a bird singing off in the distance. But at the same time, I can't help but root for the little guy to find his feathery princess, sweep her off her talons, and finally be able to stop his midnight serenade.
For her sake, I hope he's a little less dorky than this gentleman.
A quick and silly piece for the Anthrocon art show, inspired by the local wildlife, with obligatory fez. (Chicks dig fezes. Right? Of course they do! Nothin' says manly like a fez.) I should really do more birds. I love watching birds, but they're tough to paint so that they look cute and cartoonish but still essentially birdish. I think it's the expressions, or lack thereof--the beak and those blank, round eyes makes 'em tough to work with. Still, gettin' there.
Anyway, the original is an 8 x 10 mixed media piece, and will go to the Anthrocon art show. If it doesn't sell there, it will be available on-line afterwards. (If you absolutely positively must have this painting because your brother is a fez wearing ornithologist specializing in mimid behavior, it is available at a significantly higher price prior to Anthrocon, e-mail or send a note for details.)
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