posted December 6th, 2014; last edited December 7th, 2014 –– David Sibley

Cackling-ish Geese

Cackling Goose is a rare fall migrant through Massachusetts and I usually see a couple of them each fall among the hundreds of Canada Geese around Concord. I look forward to the challenge of sorting through the flocks and picking these birds out, and once a candidate is located the identification has usually been straightforward – until 2014.

To begin the discussion and establish a baseline, here is a typical Cackling Goose with a typical Canada Goose:

A classic Richardson's Cackling Goose (left) with a typical Canada Goose (right).

A classic Richardson’s Cackling Goose (left) with a typical Canada Goose (right). The Cackling’s smaller size, relatively small bill and short neck, silvery gray back, and darker gray-brown breast with narrow white collar are all evident here. Belmont, MA Dec 2014. Photo copyright David Sibley.


….Continue reading Cackling-ish Geese →

posted December 3rd, 2014; last edited December 3rd, 2014 –– David Sibley

Four new prints to benefit conservation

Limited edition prints are now available of the four paintings shown below. These gouache paintings were completed between 2011 and 2014, and a portion of the proceeds from their sale will benefit the Bird Conservation efforts of Mass Audubon.

Be sure to check out the other conservation prints available here.

Male and female Tree Swallow

Male and female Tree Swallow

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Great Horned Owl

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Blackburnian Warbler, now available as a limited edition 9 x 11 print

Male Blackburnian Warbler, now available as a limited edition 9 x 11 print

Price: $45

When you click the “add to cart” button your “cart” will appear at the bottom of this page.

These 9 X 11″ limited edition giclee prints are made with archival ink and paper. Each edition is limited to 300 prints (with one Artist’s proof). Each print is signed and numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Payment is through PayPal. If you are not already a PayPal member you can still pay with a credit card through the PayPal portal, which is easy and secure.

The shipping fee is $7 per shipment (not per print, higher outside the US); shipping is free on orders of three or more prints. Sales tax will be added for shipments to Massachusetts addresses.

Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail; please allow 7-10 days for packaging and shipping (contact me if you need faster delivery).

Other Prints for Sale

Gray_Hawk_print

Gray Hawk from “The Wind Masters”

Snowy Owl portrait

Snowy Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl portrait

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Avocets and Semipalmated Sandpiper

Avocets and Semipalmated Sandpiper

posted December 3rd, 2014; last edited December 3rd, 2014 –– David Sibley

The extremely variable American Pipit

I have been noticing variation in American Pipit for many years, and last month I had the opportunity to photograph a small flock. The photos here are of three randomly selected individuals in that flock, all taken within a few minutes on October 27, 2014 in Acton, MA.

The differences in color are striking: compare the color of the underparts (and contrast between flanks and back), the boldness of streaking on the breast, and the pattern on the face.

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….Continue reading The extremely variable American Pipit →

posted November 23rd, 2014; last edited November 24th, 2014 –– David Sibley

A hawk in pigeon’s clothing

I saw a Cooper’s Hawk catch a Rock Pigeon a few days ago. By itself that experience is noteworthy – a Rock Pigeon is a big bird for a Cooper’s Hawk to handle – but more remarkable was the way the attack unfolded.

Cooper's Hawk, original acrylic painting copyright David Sibley

Cooper’s Hawk, original acrylic painting copyright David Sibley


….Continue reading A hawk in pigeon’s clothing →

posted September 18th, 2014; last edited September 18th, 2014 –– David Sibley

Print to Benefit Delta Wind Birds

My newest print to benefit conservation efforts is this 2014 gouache painting of a Semipalmated Sandpiper with American Avocets (more info about my gouache technique here). This is a common scene in the Mississippi River Delta region, where catfish ponds and other managed wetlands create habitat for large numbers of American Avocets, migrating Semipalmated Sandpipers, and many other species.

A portion of the sale of each print will be donated to help fund the work of Delta Wind Birds, which partners with private landowners in the Lower Mississippi River Basin to provide quality stopover habitat for migrating shorebirds along the Mississippi Flyway.

American Avocets with Semipalmated Sandpiper

This painting of American Avocets and Semipalmated Sandpiper was done specifically for Delta Wind Birds, and sales of the 9 X 13 inch print will benefit their conservation work.

Price: $45

When you click the “add to cart” button your “cart” will appear at the bottom of this page.

This 9 X 13″ limited edition giclee print is made with archival ink and paper. The edition is limited to 300 prints (with one Artist’s proof). Each print is signed and numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Payment is through PayPal. If you are not already a PayPal member you can still pay with a credit card through the PayPal portal, which is easy and secure.

The shipping fee is $7 per shipment (not per print, higher outside the US); shipping is free on orders of three or more prints. Sales tax will be added for shipments to Massachusetts addresses.

Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail; please allow up to 3 weeks for packaging and shipping (contact me if you need faster delivery).

Other Prints for Sale

Gray_Hawk_print

Gray Hawk from “The Wind Masters”

Snowy Owl portrait

Snowy Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl portrait

Northern Saw-whet Owl

posted February 21st, 2014; last edited March 30th, 2014 –– David Sibley

Saw-whet Owl print to benefit research

I have made prints of this gouache painting of a Northern Saw-whet Owl from 2006 (more info about my gouache technique here). This painting also appeared in a weekly newspaper column “Sibley on Birds”, and the original was auctioned to benefit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art.

A portion of the sale of each print will be donated to help fund the work of Project Owlnet, which facilitates communication and cooperation among hundreds of owl-migration researchers in North America, in particular studying the amazing migrations of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Northern Saw-whet Owl portrait

Price: $45

When you click the “add to cart” button your “cart” will appear at the bottom of this page.

This 9 X 11″ limited edition giclee print is made with archival ink and paper. The edition is limited to 300 prints (with one Artist’s proof). Each print is signed and numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Payment is through PayPal. If you are not already a PayPal member you can still pay with a credit card through the PayPal portal, which is easy and secure.

The shipping fee is $7 per shipment (not per print, higher outside the US); shipping is free on orders of three or more prints. Sales tax will be added for shipments to Massachusetts addresses.

Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail; please allow up to 3 weeks for packaging and shipping (contact me if you need faster delivery).

Other Prints for Sale

Gray_Hawk_print

Gray Hawk from “The Wind Masters”

Snowy Owl portrait

Snowy Owl

posted February 20th, 2014; last edited February 20th, 2014 –– David Sibley

Quiz on Belizean Birds and Greater Coverts

Find the Greater Secondary Coverts

These are some of my digiscoped photos from a recent trip to Belize, all taken at the fantastic Black Rock Lodge.

On each photo body parts are labeled with letters, and your challenge is to identify the greater secondary coverts on each bird.

Good luck!

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posted January 13th, 2014; last edited February 3rd, 2014 –– David Sibley

Snowy Owl print to benefit Project SNOWstorm

I have made prints of this gouache painting that I did in 2011 for the cover of the Journal of Raptor Research to highlight a paper on Snowy Owls (more info about my gouache technique here).

Ten dollars from the sale of each print will be donated to help fund the work of Project SNOWstorm, which seeks to understand more about the invasion of Snowy Owls that is happening right now (January 2014) in eastern North America. And of course you can also donate directly to the project.

Snowy Owl portrait

Price: $45

When you click the “add to cart” button your “cart” will appear at the bottom of this page.

This 9 X 11″ limited edition giclee print is made with archival ink and paper. The edition is limited to 300 prints (with one Artist’s proof). Each print is signed and numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Payment is through PayPal. If you are not already a PayPal member you can still pay with a credit card through the PayPal portal, which is easy and secure.

A shipping fee of $7 will be added per shipment (not per print), and sales tax will be added for shipments to Massachusetts addresses.

Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail; please allow up to 3 weeks for packaging and shipping (contact me if you need faster delivery).

Other Prints for Sale

Northern Saw-whet Owl portrait

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Gray_Hawk_print

Gray Hawk from “The Wind Masters”

And more…
posted January 13th, 2014; last edited January 13th, 2014 –– David Sibley

The Second edition is in-hand

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The completely revised Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition, will be on sale in a matter of weeks – March 11, 2014. You can pre-order the second edition at your local independent bookstore or at Amazon.com or find other online sellers at Random House.

Birdwatching interviewed me about the revision, which you can read along with a few sample pages from the new book.

Stay tuned for more news and events this spring.

posted December 18th, 2013; last edited December 18th, 2013 –– David Sibley

Book news and gift ideas

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone on your list, there are still a couple of days left to order a piece of my original art and have it delivered before Christmas. See the selection available here.

And in case you haven’t heard, the completely revised Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition, will be on sale in a few months – March 11, 2014. You can still buy the first edition, or you can pre-order the second edition at Amazon.com or at your local independent bookstore.

Birdwatching interviewed me about the revision, which you can read along with a few sample pages from the new book.

It’s been a very busy and productive fall here at Sibley Guides. The coming year should be the same, and I have a lot of ideas for this blog starting in January – stay tuned.

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