I have decided to start including work I did before I started this blog.  The first piece I would like to feature is my Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird, Loddigesia mirabilis, male courtship display behavior.  I was inspired to do a piece based on these birds when I first saw a picture of them.  They look like something out of a fairytail.  Then I saw a video showing them displaying and I thought it would make a great behavior illustration.

Watch part of the video clip from BBC here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df8jhng3xgQ
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8338000/8338728.stm

I used stills of this video to determine the position of the birds. High resolution photos found on the internet were used as reference for the details.

The final illustration was rendered in Acrylic on Watercolor Board: