Sunbittern

Sunbittern

Common Name: Sunbittern
Scientific Name: Eurypga helias
Exhibit: Aviary
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: January 26, 2008
Observation: I've really come to know the Sunbitterns in the aviary at the zoo. I was there when the male was released in there. I had watched the female chase him around for hours, or at least until I had to go. My observations have also led me to be able to identify them three different ways. The male has a yellow leg band, a golden color to his eyes, and a solid stripe down his chest. The female has a pink band, blood red eyes, and her chest stripe is really broken up. I had decided to name the male Ian because his eyes made me thing of Goldeneye which was the name of Ian Flemming's Jamaican home (Creator of James Bond, 007). With that in mind I had decided to call the female Shamelady after James Bond's Jamaican home (Read it in a book). Shamelady doesn't like others getting in her way, so if their is food out, the Scarlet Ibises and Boat-billed Herons wait for her to eat first if she is around. Ian tends to hang back more, but the two do like to at least know where the other is. Their call is a beautiful single note (I think an A). Many other Docents love to hear them call. For this picture I had decided to take a picture of Shamelady and use it to draw her. Coloring all of that detail would have been extremely hard if I had just followed her around. It took me quite a while to finish this one, but I love how it turned out.