I have waited all year to post this bird!  He’s one of my absolute favorites!  My pick for the epic role of being the  New Year’s Eve bird must first be explained.  Traditionally when we think of New Year’s Eve, it’s “out with the old, and in with the new,” right?  And you often see pictures of an extremely old man with a cane and long white beard, next to a little crawling baby.  Well, the bird that leaps to mind to fill the role of ‘extremely old man’ is the Vulture.  They just have the look, ya know?  Bald, wrinkled head, stooped shoulders, and a big hooked beak.  So maybe it’s hard to think of an old man as a vulture.  Well, how about the most awesome vulture in the world?  The largest flying bird in North America….the California Condor!  I think this bird deserves a holiday of it’s very own!

 

I must admit though, that the bird I have sculptured for this blog doesn’t have all of the characteristic markings of the California Condor.  But the general look is there, and the condor was my inspiration for this creation.

Vulture/Condor profile

Notice the pot-gut on this particular bird.

Vulture/condor front view

Here’s a back view:

Vulture/condor back view

This particular bird is made of Polymer Clay and is 1 and 5/8 inches tall, and 1 and 5/8 inches from tip of beak to tip of tail.  That would mean his wingspan would be about 4 and 5/8 inches if he was to spread his wings and fly.  That may seem small to you, but multiply that by 258 and you’ll get an idea of how many inches the wing-span of a real California condor is!

 

Anyway, back to New Year’s Eve…I hope you can look back on this year and be grateful for all you’ve been able to accomplish, and for the wonderful memories you’ve made.  I hope it was as epic as the California Condor!