i love that these birds can hover but i didn’t realise that they can also fly backwards. i had seen so many images of them mowin’ down on nectar but i never thought to secondarily observe their predatory nature. having the highest metabolism of just about all animals, they typically eat more than their weight in food daily. definitely one of my favourite birds. ballpoint pen in moleskine, 9×10″.
10.04.2009: illustration friday‘s theme this week is fleeting and while i have thinking about starting from scratch with one of their themes (which i have yet to do) this one came to mind for a few reasons.