The Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is an owl which breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. Its super tiny, in fact I have drawn it too big, it should be just bigger than your hand.
This species often hunts by day, and can be readily located by the small birds that mob it while it is perched in a tree. It hunts a variety of small prey. The call is a whistled tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu.
I have been working for the Barcelona Metropolitan, as you may have guessed, and it’s provided me with some cool illustration opportunities… here are the latest:
This was a spot for a column on Spanish Hand Gestures, there are all sorts. From the Bull horns, which means something pretty different here – Your wife/girlfriend is cheating on you,( hahah I wonder if all kids using it at rock concerts realise :)) to a close fingered gesture which is supposed to indicate that a place/bar is full. I’m going to stay on the lookout for these.
I also drew a sketch of Barcelona, with all the major sights, from Botero’s fat cat in Raval to Sagrada Familias Sand drip castle towers…. It has been used as the main banner on the Barcelona – Metros website. yay! the website is all new and spiffy too, so go have a look :)