September is here and in the calendar this month is the adorable sleeping koala, Ringo the Ringtail Possum, Kookaburra and Long Necked Turtle. Adorable or what?! To see the full calendar please click here.
Today I have sent out my September newsletter providing all the latest news from my cute little world of Australian wildlife characters. To subscribe please click here.
Some interesting dates to note for your calendar is:
September is Save the Koala Month
2nd September – Woolloongabba Conservation Group
7th September – Threatened Species Day
11th September – National Bilby Day
16th September – Ace Comics Drawing Group
Cute Laughing Kookaburra Sketch for International Day of Happiness
Did you know that today is International Day of Happiness? And what better Australian animal to mark the occasion is the Laughing Kookaburra. So I rummaged through my sketchbook and came across this drawing of Chuckle the Laughing Kookaburra saying that you should laugh every day!
Here is my first sketch to show you in March and it’s a little single panel of a kookaburra that I found in Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane. I quite like the dreaminess of it – do you?
“Sleep All Day, Party All Night”
And here is my illustration for this years World Wildlife Day, featuring Ringo the Ringtail Possum, Z the Sleepy Koala and Katy Kookaburra.
I have had the idea for a little while now of two panels – one for sleeping all day and the other for partying all night, as it suits Australian wildlife pretty well. So what do you think?
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World Wildlife Day Cartoon Preview
Did you know that tomorrow is World Wildlife Day? And being that I love Australian wildlife I couldn’t miss doing an illustration to celebrate the day. Here is a brief preview of it featuring Ringo the Ringtail Possum, Z the Sleepy Koala, and Katy Kookaburra.
Come back tomorrow to see the finished illustration!
Cute + Kookaburra + Cuteaburra 🙂
4 things I learnt from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count
For the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October I chose to do it in my lunchtimes at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane. I recorded four days and each day I learnt something and here’s what they were:
1. The native minor was more prevalent then I first thought. I see them a lot but when you start counting you realise just how many you see in 30 minutes. Which is a bit sad as these little territorial birds bully away other species so unfortunately there wasn’t as great a range of birds that I am sure the reserve could allow.
2. I need to know my bird calls. Just when I thought that I knew enough bird calls, I was wrong. I must be able to recognise around half a dozen, but each day there were around 2 or 3 calls I did not know.
3. Focus! One day I got carried away wondering whether a lump on a tree was a koala or a termite nest. I must have wondered for five minutes and missed a bird or two…
4. I miss emus. Haven’t seen a wild emu since I worked at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra. Beautiful birds.
I couldn’t believe how tame this kookaburra was at Whites Hill Reserve as they were quite content to share the bridge with me as I quietly sketched away next to them. Bliss!
Sketch of Laughing Kookaburra laughing at me…
These kookaburras in Whites Hill Reserve really are starting to laugh at me! Further to yesterdays post, I found this kookaburra sitting on the little wooden bridge where I normally like to stand and sketch.
Of course this cute little bird knew that and so they had a little laugh knowing that they had pinched my spot on the bridge!
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