Tiny Aviary Shop

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August 12, 2007

As many have asked me if the paintings here on Tiny Aviary are for sale, I decided to open a wee internet shop that will feature some of the paintings that will be for sale, along with my other poster and illustration work. In general, 90 percent of the paintings on this site serve to document my experience at the Chicago Field Museum, but I will now and then create paintings that will be posted to the shop. Currently, I plan on doing a small series of birds of paradise that will be available.
You may view my shop at http://dsudyka.etsy.com

Lesser Bird of Paradise

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August 09, 2007


It's tough finding a lady friend on New Guinea if you're a Bird of Paradise. You have to really put yourself out there. It is thought that Birds of Paradise evolved from a common crow like ancestor many, many years ago and branched off in to the diva-esque flamboyance for which the species has become famous. I believe there are roughly 40-ish different species of Bird of Paradise, of which Paradisea minor is one. Each species has it's own elaborate courtship ritual. Anyone familiar with the excellent BBC "Planet Earth" series, is no stranger to some of their more extraordinary performances. Nope, you won't find these flying through Chicago! When I was little and rendered some of my first bird "books" (using that very loosely!), I couldn't help but be astounded by excessive beauty of b.o.ps. They were better than unicorns to my eight year old mind!

Superb Fairy Wren

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August 08, 2007


Hi there - again, not a bird that I prepared at the Field. Fairy wrens are native to Australia. This is another drawing for a tattoo (different person than the one that is getting the scissor-tailed flycatcher.) for someone that wanted a wren. Initially I was going to go with a house wren or some other North American wren, but in the end we opted for something a little, um, flashier.

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