Bird Glamour, Where Birds Give Eye Makeup Advice!

Welcome to Bird Glamour!

Introduction:

I am not shy about professing my bird-nerdiness. Birds, being our only living dinosaurs, have fascinated me for as long as I can remember.

Friends and family often ask me "What's this bird?" The most recent one was a picture posted by a friend on Instagram asking about the identity of an owl (he was having a sick run of awesome owl sightings.) I identified it as a Short-eared Owl, and described it as having a "dramatic smoky eye."

Over the next few days I started thinking "what if  I showcased different species of birds using their diverse eye patterns and colours as a template for eye makeup?" I mused the question out loud to my husband on a drive, and his response was "That's awesome! Do it! You have to do it!"

And thus #BirdGlamour was born!

Bird Glamour is where I, inexperienced with eye makeup, ask our friends the birds what they would recommend wearing for different occasions. I'll post a new bird eye look each Friday afternoon. If you have a favorite bird you would like to see done, feel free to comment! Comparison images are from (unless otherwise indicated) the Sibley eGuide to Birds of North America Android app.

Newest Bird Glamour looks will be at the top! Also check out my Twitter @Lisavipes for the latest Bird Glamour!

August 11, 2017 - Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
During our trip to Turkmenistan to help assess an application for a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I saw so many birds that left an impression on me. One of my favorites was the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. My photography skills were just passable enough to take a picture of a Blue-cheeked Bee-eater catching a flying insect on the wing.
It's grainy, and taken from a moving train, but I love this picture.

August 4, 2017 - Great Grey Owl for International Owl Awareness Day
In honor of #internationalowlawarenessday, the Great Grey Owl suggests greys and silver around bright yellow eyes when hunting for prey mammals from trees! #BirdGlamour
July 28, 2017 - Barn Swallow
This week's #BirdGlamour tips come from the busy Barn Swallow! These frequent barn inhabitants hunt insects on the wing, and recommend a simple yet striking dark blue and rusty orange for hunting out high-protein nibbles. #sciart #scicomm

July 21, 2017 - Sora
This week's #BirdGlamour tips come from a shy, secretive bird with a big song, the Sora. This little rail recommends smoky blues and browns for singing stealthily in the marshes. #sciart

July 18, 2017 - American Kestrel
Recent #BirdGlamour tips come from our friend American Kestrel! This itty-bitty falcon isn't afraid to frame their eyes with bold geometric black patterns when hovering over their prey...and neither should you!

July 7, 2017 - Killdeer
Ow, ow, I hurt my wing...or did I? Surprise! I picked up some acting lessons while getting #BirdGlamour tips from our friend Killdeer! This plover is famous for its broken wing display, which they use to lure predators away from babies! Killdeer recommends lining red eyes with black, white, and buff. Perfect for attending and performing in Shakespeare In The Park.
July 3, 2017 - Atlantic Puffin


The Atlantic Puffin is one of many seabirds that, on #WorldSeabirdDay, wishes we humans would stop throwing so much plastic waste into the oceans.

June 30, 2017 - Anna's Hummingbird



Anna's Hummingbird, the city of Vancouver's Official Bird, is known for striking deep pink hues contrasting with vibrant greens. Anna's Hummingbird recommends this look for a day of sipping sugary drinks at your local flowers and feeders. Be sure to keep your hummingbird feeders clean: dirty hummingbird feeders are dangerous to our flying jewels!


June 23, 2017 - Blue Jay


A familiar guest at our feeders, Blue Jays are a bright and cheeky member of the corvid family (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays.) Blue Jay recommends various shades of blue for visiting your local seed and nut feeders!

June 17 - Western Meadowlark


Western Meadowlarks have been present during every one of our field expeditions into the prairie provinces, waking us at the crack of dawn with their boisterous, melodious voices. Western Meadowlarks recommend balancing neutral browns with a vibrant yellow for early morning choir performances.

June 16 - Gray Jay


While hoped to be Canada's National Bird - but now it seems like that won't happen - the Grey Jay is an important part of First Nations traditional stories and artwork (read more here,) and a beloved visitor to campgrounds and hiking trails...or anywhere where people are going to bring snacks into the woods! Grey Jay recommends smoky grey with a dark grey eyeliner, partnered with white highlights. I wore this Bird Glamour look to the welcome reception for the British Columbia Field Ornithologists' meeting in Tumbler Ridge.

June 9, 2017 - Short-eared Owl


My first Bird Glamour! Short-eared Owls recommend a dramatic smoky eye (it helps if you have yellow eyes, but that's something owls do best) with pale beige highlights.

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