Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pittsburgh Aviary

On our road trip this summer we made a special trip to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This has been a favorite place of ours for many years and I was happy to visit again. It is essentially a birds-only zoo, so I was like a kid in a candy store. We'd had a long drive from Kentucky that day, so we only had a few hours at the Aviary before it closed but I took full advantage, snapping reference photos and sketching when I could.

African or Jackass Penguins; so called because they are said to make a donkey-like sound.
They were being cute but quiet when we visited.

An Inca Tern sporting its chic white mustache.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon from the rainforests of New Guinea.
Imagine this as your typical city pigeon!

Rhinoceros Hornbill. How cool is that?
I am in love with these guys. Plus they sit fairly still for sketching.
The Aviary says they are from the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and Borneo
so I will probably never get an opportunity to see them in the wild.


Ken Januski said...

Lovely sketch Gabrielle. Where were you in Kentucky? I lived there for a couple of years before moving to Philadelphia. In terms of geography I always found the rolling hills south of Lexington where I lived to be among the most pleasant I've ever lived in. There was just something so soothing about those hills. Always seemed to put me in a good mood.

Gabrielle said...

Hi Ken,

We had driven through Louisville, KY and then up to the Covington area right across the river from Cinncinnati OH. Kentucky is beautiful, but we were on a schedule so unfortunately we just drove through rather than sight-seeing.

I seem to recall that there is an artist's retreat/residency place in Kentucky. That would be a beautiful place to spend a month just painting!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

These birds are so unique and beautiful! I love your sketch - what a nice place to study different kinds of birds!!!

Gabrielle said...

Hi Claire, thanks for stopping by. Have you ever been to the Aviary in Pittsburgh? It is small, so it doesn't get overwhelming the way a lot of zoos do. Maybe your painting group could plan a trip there one of these days - the tropical rooms would be a nice escape in winter!