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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Creature Feature #374: Kestrel

Kestrel are several species of falcon, spread across four lineages. Only one species, the American Kestrel, is found in the Americans. All species are characterised by their tendency to hover, facing into a headwind. From this height, she scans the open countryside below for prey - generally a rodent or a reptile, before dropping into a killing dive. Like all raptors, the female is larger than the male. She does not build her own nest, using one abandoned by another species (such as a crow) or locating a natural crevice. She hatches the eggs, whilst the male provides food. She has adapted well to human encroachment on her habitat, and has even been known to nest around buildings.

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