It’s been a while since I’ve been on Tumblr (I’ve been taking a bit of a hiatus from Tumblr), but I have been wanting to upload a few pieces of my recent art on here to share. :D So here’s a drawing of a Temminck’s Tragopan.
Following my visit to that wildlife park on my week off late in July, I saw a fair few animals that I haven't seen before, and similar to the time I went on that virtual safari during my furlough that inspired me to have a go at drawing African animals, the wildlife park visit inspired me to have a go at drawing a few. Out of all of the animals I saw, the one that caught my attention the most was the Temminck's Tragopan, a bird I had never heard of before going to the wildlife park, and even though I sadly never saw one in the flesh, the photo I saw had me intrigued to do some research as the bird caught my attention. (Due to the bright blue lappet the male ones have, if I'm getting my terminology correct, it made me think it resembles a giant bib - but I have a feeling that the male Temminck's tragopans show them off a fair bit, so I drew the one being really confident. ) The Temminck's Tragopan is a species of pheasant named after the Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck (who discovered a fair few other animal species too documented here - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coenraad… ), and they are extremely shy birds (which is probably why we couldn't see one. ) Their natural habitat is across South Asia, from southwest China to far northeast India and northwest regions of Burma, Myanmar and Vietnam - in particular, the eastern Himalayan mountains, where they migrate up and down the slopes depending on the temperature and time of year, venturing to higher altitudes during the warmer months. They also like damp evergreen forests where they prefer areas of densely growing rhododendron and bamboo.