Illustrating Hawaii, 1989

A highlight of the Hawaii trip was spending several days with a biologist friend who lived in a tent at Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge on the Big Island.  We netted and banded many rare birds, including the bright-red Iiwi, and I did my best to illustrate the flapping bird as I held it in my fingers.  In subsequent years the Iiwi has suffered the steepest population decline of any of the Hawaiian honeycreepers.  

For speed and expeditiousness, the drawings were done in Berol Prismacolor pencils in my battered Nature Journal, the cover of which I have shown at the bottom.