About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Creature Feature #315: Honeyeater

The Honeyeaters are a diverse Family of birds, spread throughout Australia, New Guinea and the islands of the South Pacific. Here they play an important role in polination, rather like the honeycreepers and sunbirds. This fellow is a New Holland Honeyeater and he was one of the first birds to be scientifically described in Australia. He is widespread across the southern coastal regions of the continent, with five distinct subspecies. Much of his food is obtained from nectar; he uses his beck to probe into the flower, then licks it up with his long tongue. He will also eat insects and spiders for protein.

These guys were pretty common around Sydney, where I nicknamed them the "scolding bird" because of the indignant call they made.

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