The Sky

This series highlights the beauty of the birds we often see while fishing along coastal waters and streams. Each week, a new illustration will highlight species often spotted soaring over our shores. 

Frigate Swallow Tail Sketch

Two smooth flying, forked tailed species that grace skies over the Gulf of Mexico. Above is the commonly seen Frigate bird. Below a Swallow-tailed Kite is portrayed. Both species spend the majority of their time in the sky, without landing. The Frigate bird is often seen miles away from the coast, while the Swallow-tailed Kite soars over marshland and inland waters.

Pileate and Ivory bill.jpeg

The Pileated Woodpecker on the right is a common sight in the Eastern United States. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker (left) is likely an extinct woodpecker that specialized in extremely old, decaying trees. They required large expanses of woodlands to survive. Consequently, deforestation wiped this species off of the map. It is a good example of a species that was too specialized to acclimate to rapidly changing environmental conditions.

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