Monday, 17 September 2012

Making noise and dressing up

I do more than just sit around in my pajamas drawing pictures all day. Like playing in a protest Samba band, for instance. We recently played at the Summer Wildlife Carnival at the Waterworks Nature Reserve in Lea Valley Park to show our support for British wildlife and wild spaces in cities. I made paper masks for each band member to wear. Here they are from low to high on the food chain.

Animal: wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)
Diet: seeds
Instrument: tamb

Animal: rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Diet: grass and wildflowers
Instrument: agogĂ´

Animal: grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Diet: tree bark, berries, many types of seeds and acorns, nuts and some types of fungi
Instrument: rep

Animal: ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Diet: buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries and seeds
Instrument: chocalho

Animal: European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Diet: small seeds and insects
Instrument: surdo

Animal: carrion crow (Corvus corone)
Diet: insects, worms, grain, small mammals, carrion (will also steal eggs)
Instrument: agogĂ´

Animal: domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)
Diet: omnivores although primarily leaves, grasses, roots, fruits and flowers
Instrument: tamb
Not technically wildlife but there are working pigs who till the fields at the nature reserve.  

Animal: European badger (Meles meles)
Diet: wide range of animals and plants - among the least carnivorous members of the Carnivora
Instrument: surdo 

Animal: red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Diet: omnivorous, primarily small rodents
Instrument: caixa

Animal: long-eared owl (Asio otus)
Diet: rodents, small mammals and birds
Instrument: surdo

It was a blissfully beautiful September day. And just to hammer home how little sun we've had this summer, the rabbit and the crow both got sunburned.

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