The Pleistocene mural is rapidly progressing (although not as rapidly as I would like).
OK…let’s start out with the California Quail (Lophortyx californicus) I promised you.
And then, a whole slew of small mammals:
On the left is an ornate shrew (Sorex ornatus). To the right of the shrew is a very nervous desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii). The dead hare is a black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus).
From left to right: California meadow mouse (Microtus californicus), western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis) and the Pacific kangaroo rat (Dipodomys agilis).
Beechey’s ground squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi) is on the left; the southern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys torridus) is on the right.
On the left is a packrat (Neotoma); at right is the California pocket mouse (Perognathus californicus).
Left: Valley pocket gopher (Thomomys botteae); right: Deer mouse (Peromyscus imperfectus).
This is the little desert shrew (Notiosorex crawfordi).
This is my rough lay-in for the brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani). Here’s the more finished version, along with a recently added horned lark (Eremophila alpestris), burrowing owl (Speotyto cunicularia) and a yellow-billed magpie (Pica nuttali):
The badger (Taxidea taxus) got a better paint job…
…as did the long tailed weasel (Mustela frenata).
Continuing with the birds of prey:
Here’s the peregrine falcon (Falco pergrinus), turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) and red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)…
…followed by the sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus), the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and the merlin (Falco columbarius). The eagle and merlin aren’t finished (I ran out of light) but they’re half way there. I’ll post their finish tomorrow; you’ll be able to see the eagle in the three steps it took to paint it (rough, value/color lay-in, finish).
I think this is a better shot of the dire wolves (Canis dirus). They have lower foreheads than the gray wolves.
I have another day’s worth of additions, but I need to get back to my easel. The zoo has graciously allowed me to work on the mural Saturday and Sunday. There’s a lot I can do with that extra time.
Today I’m finishing the fauna.