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Inca Tern

Donated to Charity

July 2006

8" x 10", Coloured Pencils on 90lb white Stonehenge paper

The Inca Tern, Larosterna inca, is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna.

This uniquely-plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on the both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.

The Inca Tern breeds on rocky cliffs. It nests in a hollow or burrow or sometimes the old nest of a Humboldt Penguin, and lays one or two eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 4 weeks, and the chicks leave the nest after 7 weeks.

Sexes are similar; the adult is mostly slate-grey with white restricted to the facial plumes and the trailing edges of the wings. The large bill and legs are dark red. Immature birds are purple-brown, and gradually develop the facial plumes.

The Inca Tern feeds by plunge diving for fish like a Sterna tern. Its call is a cat-like mew.
-- WikiPedia

The original photo was taken by Pat Abbott and was used with her kind permission.


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Kathryn Arruda 02 Sep 2006

Beautiful colored pencil work- love the plumage & details!

Olga van Dijk 22 Aug 2006


Greg Joens 20 Aug 2006

Love the intense colors in the background!

Izabella Pavlushko 14 Aug 2006

beautiful watercolour, Ana. I like it.

Armando Salas 10 Aug 2006

You give a new dimension to the work with colored pencils. Gostéi, garota!:-)))

Leo Da 08 Aug 2006

great work!

Frank Rosalez 07 Aug 2006

very nice work, think I need to do some more wildlife.

Peter Leahy 05 Aug 2006

fabulous artwork!!!

Cathie Brock 05 Aug 2006

What a fabulous and colourful bird Ana...Cath xxx

Pat Abbott 04 Aug 2006

It turned out beautiful, Ana. I love these birds.

Patty Day 04 Aug 2006

Marvelous work of art, Ana!!

Joke Schotting 04 Aug 2006

Super work,Ana!!

adrian pickett 04 Aug 2006

excellent artwork

Ginger Lovellette 04 Aug 2006


Leroy Drumm 04 Aug 2006

beautiful work ana

Reba McDonald 04 Aug 2006

Beautiful work Ana. Love that red bill.

Jerie kunitsky 04 Aug 2006

Incredible work...Interesting read.

Noelle Samples 04 Aug 2006

Wonderful Pencil work. Great job!

Anonymous Guest 04 Aug 2006


Artist Reply: Thanks Tia. I see you forgot to log in. That is okay. I know it is you. :)

Lynnda Rakos 04 Aug 2006

Ana, what a lovely drawing. Great colours!!

Anne Kelty 04 Aug 2006

This is a true work of art. Love your colors.

Anonymous Guest 04 Aug 2006

Really enjoy your work. You should do a bird book! Thanks for letting us enjoy, Luke

Artist Reply: Thank you Luke! My husband has also suggested I do a bird book. I would love to do one. Perhaps I will when I have a few more birds under my belt (or pencil, as it were).

Lucia Stewart 04 Aug 2006

Wow, Ana, this is fantastic, an excellent and masterful pencil job!!!!

Cristina Marsi 04 Aug 2006

Lovely work!

Steen Djervad 04 Aug 2006

Great colored drawing very neat:)

Nelly van Nieuwenhuijzen 04 Aug 2006


thea walstra 03 Aug 2006

Beautiful work Ana

bianca thomas 03 Aug 2006

incredibly talented u are...awsome and artistic....

Anonymous Guest 03 Aug 2006

wonderful work Ana you did a beautiful job on this bird

Artist Reply: Thank you Kind Stranger!

Emily Reed 03 Aug 2006

Absolutely great work, Ana.

Anne Vis 03 Aug 2006

beautiful, Ana!

Doris B. Lambling 03 Aug 2006

such a pretty and joyful bird :))

teresa greene 03 Aug 2006

Well done

Loredana 03 Aug 2006


Laura Vicik 03 Aug 2006

Beautiful pencil work! The shading and color blending in the feathers is exquisite.