Rooks in Ginkgo Tree

February 26, 2010


Here's a very recent commissioned watercolor of 2 Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) in a ginkgo tree. Rooks are in with the Corvidae family. Although they look like ravens and crows, they have one distinguishing feature. It's a grey-ish white patch of bare skin at the base of the bill and around the eyes. Here is a fun, brief lecture by Joshua Klein from the TED series about smarty pants corvids: TED Lectures. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

7 comments:

  1. ooohhhh. You know, I always thought that 'rook' was just another word for crow. Always an education, Ms. Diana. Happy Birthday, by the way!

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  2. Thanks! And thanks for the bday wishes Ms. loopdilu! ; )

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  3. fantastic piece. & great TED vid.

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  4. I love the piece, thanks so much for a wonderful commission!

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  5. I know the birds are the stars of this piece, but as a long-time ginkgo enthusiastic, I also give three cheers to the tree. Just loverly.

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  6. The rooks are beautiful - your work is stunning. Glad I have discovered this blog!

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