Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Animal Wednesday - Chachalaca

This is another of my 70mph ATC's. This is a Chachalaca, a bird that is not the most glamorous thing to look at but I like them. You won't see them anyplace in the US except in South Texas. As big as they are (22") they can be difficult to see. They are so noisy so you can usually seek them out. They eat leaves and flowers. It is fun to see them "sneak-up" on a flower and gobble it down. They act like the flower might get away. Happy Animal Wednesday.

13 comments:

soulbrush said...

you know, i really like these, no ponderous thought, nocareful planning, just a free hand and whatever it produces. really nice.HAW pal.

marianne said...

Sounds Mexican :) Never heared of this fellow, learned something again!
Lovely ATC!!
Happy Animal Wednesday!

Mim said...

I like them too and I like the name of "70 mph ATC's" so cool. Great bird! HAW

Teri C said...

You did a great job on this despite the speeding car. love your description.

Artist Unplugged said...

Very nice, you work really well in the fast lane!

Margaret Ann said...

Intresting bird...cool name! Clever ATC!

Deb said...

Beautiful & what an interesting bird!

Julie said...

I think this is the cutest birdy EVER!!!

Stapeliad said...

This is impressive work for such a small size! And so funny how they sneak up on flowers! :)

yoon see said...

Happy Animal Wedesday.
I alsways have the delight for bird.
Love the soft colour setting here and it forms great character of this cutie here:)

steviewren said...

I've never heard of that bird. Interesting that they eat flowers. Again, I'm impressed that you made art at 70 mph!

SandyCarlson said...

He has personality, to be sure! You made me laugh when you said he is hard to see even though he is a big guy. Makes me think of a lot of big birds around here--crows, jays, woodpeckers--that find a way to stay invisible.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I so love the way you did your travel journal!
The Chachalacas are fun to watch.
I enjoyed them.
Sherry