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I love birds. I love drawing them, watching them, studying them. I even love the annoying ones like starlings and blue jays. Though I struggle with city pigeons. I’m not overly fond of pigeons, but I think it’s more that I dislike the circumstances of being surrounded by a cloud of birds that look more like moth-eaten taxidermy versions of themselves than the actual pigeons.

However, I do, of course, have favourites. Among them is this stately beauty, the Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa). Unlike many other owls, Great Greys’ diet is almost exclusively rodents, so I’m a big fan.


scratchboard, 11 cm by 12 cm