Montezuma quail chick, polluelo de codorniz arlequín: I was walking to check motion-triggered cameras on the Northern Jaguar Reserve when I saw something moving in the grass. There were a lot of chicks of this species. I took some photos of this one and released it to join its family. // Yo iba caminando para revisar las cámaras trampa en la Reserva Jaguar del Norte cuando vi algo que se movía en el pasto. Había muchos polluelos de esta especie. Tomé algunas fotos de este polluelo y lo liberé para que se regresara con su familia. // Photo and words by Laqui Duarte.
Laqui showed an early interest in studying the birds on the reserve, which grew to encompass all forms of animal life. // Laqui ha mostrado un interés por el estudio de las aves en la reserva, el cual ha crecido para abarcar todas las formas de vida animal.

Day 20: A bird a day leading up to the #southeastarizonabirdingfestival hosted by #tucsonaudubonsociety
Montezuma Quail
Colored pencil on flecked gray paper
Highly camouflaged character of the high desert grasslands and oak-woodlands

This is it! Festival activities begin tomorrow with exciting field trips across southeast Arizona. Explore the sky island ecosystems, find yourself a trogon or Rufous-capped Warbler. Then, Friday-Sunday visit Raebird Creations at the Nature Expo! Silk painting demos at 4:30-5:30 pm on Friday, 3-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Nature Expo details (I'll be there the entire time at a booth you can't miss - look for the tall, colorful silk paintings): Friday, August 10, 12:00pm — 6:00pm
Saturday, August 11, 10:00am — 6:00pm
Sunday, August 12, 10:00am — 2:00pm
at the DoubleTree/Hilton by Reid Park
445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711

#montezumaquail #quail #coloredpencilart #prismacolor #earthtones #artistsofinstagram

Often the hardest part of a drawing is starting it. There are infinite ways to starting a piece, and each time I seem to do something a little different. It also seems to depend on the final outcome- if it is something I have been commissioned for, I often draw out several drafts before starting the final and very clean version. But, if I am field sketching or doing more simple works for my own enjoyment, I like to start my work with circles and (many) lines. It is somewhat like a foundation of a building to work off of. The more lines and reference points I have, the “stronger,” or more proportionally accurate the work becomes. I’ve included a few recent sketches I have done in the more advanced stages of this foundational drawing, but if you’d like to see more of my process with this technique, let me know!

Montezuma Quail
These bedazzled cantaloupes are residents in wooded canyons in the arid southwest. I’ve seen them only once, as a blurry brown flash scurrying up a hillside and out of sight. Someday I’ll get to watch them in a scene like this, and soak up every decadent detail. .
Micron Pen

Preparing for the Coronado National Memorial Show April 3-June 2 #coronadonationalmemorial #montezumaquail

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