Welcome to the first Draw A Bird celebration of 2020!
This is a parrot we visited on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, last winter. He entertained us with fun acrobatics and loud squawks. His bright, cheerful feather colors are just the thing to cheer up this drab winter day. Hope the New Year is treating you well. Now if I can just train my brain to write the year properly!
Here is another arctic animal on our list, the polar bear. I’m sorry to say that they are on the “threatened” list – it would be such a shame to lose these beautiful creatures.
One of the most interesting facts about polar bears is that, unlike all other bear species, they do not den and hibernate over the winter. Other bears hibernate because of lack of food in the winter, but polar bears have access to their favorite foods all year long. The only exception is mother polar bears because they need to keep the babies warm. I’m all for being snuggly warm!
This white fluffball of an animal is related to a other foxes, wolves, and dogs. One thing an Arctic fox can do that its other relatives can’t is change the color of its fur depending on the season.
Naturally, they have thick white fur in the winter months, but other times of the year Arctic foxes have brown or grey coats. Their winter fur is the warmest pelt of any animal found in the Arctic, enduring temperatures as low as -70 degrees centigrade, or -94 degrees Fahrenheit. I cant even imagine . . . brr!
I am not fond of mice, but this one is an exception.
Doesn’t Mickey look so cozy in his mittens, Santa hat, scarf, and lap blanket? I’m not sure why this photo turned out so funky and dark as it is much brighter in real life. Oh well. I hope you are having a terrific weekend!
Walruses live in very cold places like the Arctic Circle. This whiskered guy looks happy to be plunged into icy waters, or at least as happy as a walrus can look.
I learned that their tusks are actually canine teeth that can grow up to 40 inches. The tusks are used like hooks to haul their heavy bodies up onto land, for locating food on the ocean floor, in defense against polar bears or killer whales, and in dominance and mating displays. Interesting!
I love watching the cardinals in the back yard this time of year. They really stand out against the starkness of the winter landscape and just make me happy.
My parents have a cardinal that sits on their windowsill and looks in at them when it wants a treat. Sometimes it will hang on the mailbox and look in their front door at them! Pretty smart if you ask me. I gave this little painting to my Mom for her birthday to remind her of the funny antics nature has to offer. ❤
This is Matty, and actually I’ve never met him, so we are meeting him together. He’s been gone a long time, but his owners, some friends of ours, asked me to paint him. He certainly seemed to have a lot of personality, and he certainly needed some orthodonture 🙂
They were very happy with the outcome which made me very happy, too!