So this is the story of Bella, an Allen's Hummingbird that I painted from a live stream. It took me three days of observing and trying to manage the changing light. What an experience. As for Bella, as I write this around noon on Wednesday, she now has her babies. You can watch her by following the link. I should note that I wrote an email to explore.org to ask them if it was a copyright infringement to paint from a live feed, and they were extremely nice and told me it was not. So here she is, Mama Bella. :) Many thanks to explore.org for posting this little bird!
This little hummingbird was born in August of last year. The male hummingbirds are born with a white throat like the female, soon their red iridescent feathers come in one or two at a time. You can see the little bird I used as a reference from the photo below.
He's traveled south for the winter, but hopefully he will return in the spring.
My nickname for him is Houston.