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Animals in their natural habitat. The Great Grey Owl.

illustration of a great grey owl in watercolour

This illustration of The Great Grey Owl was inspired firstly by it’s size. It is very large.
This species of owl lives in the northern hemisphere, from North America to northern Asia, they breed in the coniferous forests in the high northern latitudes, between the tundra, and the temperate forest.

The Great Grey Owl is listed Endangered under California’s Endangered Species Act.

Well, surprise surprise, what is causing problems for The Great Grey Owl. yes, you guessed it. Human beings and more specifically, Logging. Intensified timber management is reducing the Owls natural habitat.

large-diameter trees are used by the birds for nesting, leaning trees are used by juveniles for roosting before they can fly. The dense canopy is used by juveniles for cover and protection.

Farming is also having an impact. Livestock grazing in meadows also adversely affects Great Grey Owls, by reducing habitat for preferred prey species.

Here is the illustration in progress.

owl drawing in progress
Firstly the Owl is drawn out on stretched paper.
owl watercolour painting in progress
Then start with the face, Davy;s grey with cerulean blue and burnt sienna.
owl watercolour painting in progress
Then working up the pattern on the body and on the wings.
owl watercolour painting in progress
Working in the forest in the foreground.

Images © Daniel Mackie
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  1. November 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm | #1

    Wow, this is fantastic!!!!! Saw you on My Owl Barn.

  2. Gayla C
    December 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm | #3

    Really Lovely! And I too saw you on My Owl Barn.

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