This scientific illustration depicts a female specimen of the Cape May Warbler for identification purposes.
This small passerine species is better known by their male counterpart’s striking striped design. The illustration shows the lesser described female specimen of the warbler for a digital field guide.
When illustrating birds, I always make sure to get the overall shape and beak characteristics correct first. Then I look through many photographs of the species to get an idea of how they carry their bodies. Each species seem to have their own “personal poses”! It is amazing to find so much variation in color and plumage even in the same species, so I average out the characteristics to prepare the final plate.
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