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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Creature Feature #376: Killdeer

The Killdeer is a species of plover widespread across the Western Hemisphere, migrating to the northern reaches in summer and spending his winters in Central America. Although technically a shorebird, he can live far inland (we saw one in Yellowstone, on the Mammoth hot springs). He forages on mudflats and fields, feeding on worms and other invertebrates. Chicks are precocial and resemble their parents in colouration. If danger threatens, the adult birds will feign injury: dragging their wing, flapping and peeping in distress as they attempt to draw the predator away. As soon as the predator is safely away from the chicks, the bird will make a sudden recovery.

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