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Watching the Life of Birds by Nambroth Watching the Life of Birds by Nambroth
This painting was done for the conbook cover for MFF 2012! I can finally share it.
On the con book, it is flipped, so that the TV would be on the front cover instead of the back.

The convention theme was "It came from TV". I don't watch TV, really, so it was hard for me to figure out what I could use, but it came to me-- why not put one of my favorite programs on it, but with a twist?

HENCE... a group of birds watching The Life of Birds as narrated/hosted by SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH. Sir David is an amazing man and if you've ever watched a nature documentary you probably have seen him or at least heard his voice. I hesitantly suggest that he's done more for wildlife awareness and enthusiasm than nearly anyone else, ever. Even if you disagree, you must admit he's AMAZING.

If you have not watched The Life of Birds, and you are a bird fan, THERE IS NO EXCUSE! The DVDs are a wonderful purchase, and if you are poor like me, you can watch legal copies of them for free as uploaded to Youtube by the BBC itself: [link]

OKAY now then, as for the species, I had a very hard time choosing.

DISCLAIMER:
1. Yes it is likely that I somehow neglected to choose your favorite species. Truly, if I were godlike, I would have somehow placed all 10,000 (approx) species of bird in this painting, but as it was I sort of overdid it and worked myself into exhaustion. I appreciate your enthusiasm (quite honestly! I love every bird!), but I will politely ignore "it should have had this kind of bird!" comments with as much ignoring power as I can personally muster.
2. These birds would never be found together in real life, and would be eating one another, and some of them don't even perch in trees. Also they are watching TV.

Many species were chosen because they make appearances in The Life of Birds, a few were chosen because they are my pets and damnit, I wanted to paint my birds, and a few were chosen JUST BECAUSE. I tried to stay away from overly complex, patterned plumage just because I was trying to get this painting done this year...

Shown here, from left to right:
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Keel-Billed Toucan
Acorn Woodpecker
Sappho Comet Hummingbird
Gouldian Finch
Cockatiel (Das! )
Rhinoceros Hornbill
Hoopoe
Lyrebird (Easter Egg: the scene on the TV is the Lyrebird scene)
Bronze-Winged Pionus (this is my parrot, Khu!)
Blue-Bellied Roller
Barn Swallows
White-Throated Sparrow
Faverolles Chicken (Derperella!)
Olive-Backed Sunbird
Snowy Owl
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Wood Duck
Superb Fairy Wren
Blue-Footed Booby
Calf Bird
Golden Eagle
Swallow-Tailed Gull

Digital Painting, with photos from myself, creative commons, and my brain used as reference to check my details and anatomy against. Special thanks for the creative commons references of the birds I could not take photos of myself goes to: lip Kee (flickr), pestana (flickr), putneymark (flickr), and antogros (flickr)!
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:iconcuthillius:
Cuthillius Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am amused how there is a chicken sitting on that branch.
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PandaKhan-DaveGarcia Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
great work. 
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jai3208 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work
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CrestedCreativity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's at least three Australian birds in this cB
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I've been wanting to get that, but patience is a virtue.

That being said, Planet Earth is my number-one favorite documentary.
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RogersTheBull Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece! I love the sunbird.
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Tsitika Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
This is the sweetest idea, and amazingly beautifully done!!
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Jesstalpaedanplz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
The hornbill looks so interested. :XD:
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TianShi88 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
master
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this! Also a great fan of Sir David, and just finished his Africa series. Has some amazing footage in there :D
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LandGart Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You NEED to send a print of this to Sir David Attenborough!  That is great, i love the concept and am a huge Attenborough fan!  <3 <3 it!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I did, actually! :)
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:iconlandgart:
LandGart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!!  I'm writing him a fan letter currently, wish i had some kickass fan art to send him too!  ...*pondering new art project* :P
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Mallophora Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!!!! no words for this piece of art... splendid
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
This is quite lovely! Coincidentally, I am currently illustrating a children's book about birds and having a Western Tanager as the main character. And I thought the little blue bird near the top right was a tanager, but perhaps I need to conduct more research! Anyway, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing =D
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Kanis-Major Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   General Artist
Gah I love you for adding the cockatiel in there. XD
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SnowLand80 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Have sent you notes!
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:iconsnowland80:
SnowLand80 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Would like a print, post haste.
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just had some made and will list them on my site this week. :) [link]

I'll have different sizes and price options.
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SnowLand80 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'd like a Matte Paper Fine Art Print, 12x18 Inch.

Let me know how much it would cost framed and rolled.

It should be shipped to Denmark
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hello, I won't be ordering any prints on fine art paper until June or so. Is that okay?
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Ceril91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very very amazing! <3
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Psychopomp16 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
nothing is more amazing than this!!
Sir David Attenburough is my hero!
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mine, too!
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ServalPhynx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Cute! haha!!
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:iconbirdsivu:
birdsivu Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Really so very talented!
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   General Artist
This. Is. BRILLIANT. David Attenborough is my absolute favorite tv presenter, so this really tickled me :D
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copperarabian Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Photographer
I have the life of bids on DVD XD
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My-Mythical-World Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Hahahaha that is so COOL. Well done.
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RedDrgn Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very appropriate and epic-gorgeous! +100 bonus for Derperella and Das! :XD:
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fishfoood Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
This is amazing! :)
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leelastarsky Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Utterly and absolutely BRILLIANT, Jen. I think he'd be delighted to see this: you should totally send him a copy!
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jo-the-phoenix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My God, your bird art is so amazing. I've been watching you for a while, and every single time I see your bird paintings, I'm gobsmacked. It's inspired me to try some painting over the holidays this year. :) Thanks!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
You can do it! Best wishes!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of November. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you!! :)
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This superb work (+ another one, superb too! :D) is featured here: [link] . :icon1stbutterflykiss:
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Mellifera-imiya Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh yes I remeber him. I wonder what he will think when he sees this picture :D
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
:omfg: Gorgeous work for a splendid bird scene ! :clap:
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Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your wonderful work is featured here [link]
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you again! :)
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Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsaaptewt:You're welcome! :rose:
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Chrisma60 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow...fantastic and wonderful work....
a very nice work
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GenJoany Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
this is so amazing :dance:
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] ^o^ About five minutes. Beautiful compilation called 'The Birds of Spain.'
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Loved it! Thank you. :)
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chickaablet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Cockatiel~
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BelieveBeluga Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
You put mu spark bird! <3 Barn Swallows
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GargoyleGardens Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
WOW! <3's
This is amazing
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