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Painting Wildlife Step by Step by Rod Lawrence

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Feathers

illustration

illustration

On the Rocks (Snow Geese) Acrylic, 14″ × 21″ (36cm × 53cm, Collection of the artist

FEATHERS are to birds as fur is to mammals. They are the bird's protective covering and they must serve many functions, including facilitating flight for most species. These feathers also enable the birds to survive in their environment, from steaming hot tropical climates to frigid arctic conditions. Most of us are familiar with how effective down feathers are as insulation. Feathers must develop at each stage of a bird's life to protect the bird as it grows. ...

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