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Second Chance by Risachantag Second Chance by Risachantag
This little bird, bizarre as it may look, is a tawny frogmouth (Wikipedia page). I love seeing them at the zoo, they have the most expressive faces. They spend the majority of their day pretending to be a log ([link]), which makes them pretty good models if you're trying to sketch them!

This was inspired by watching clips of dog-wheelchairs for injured pets, I'd love to see prosthetic wings some day in the future.

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:iconrepurplow:
repurplow Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student General Artist
The highlights on this are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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RangiChangi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant!
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DreamingBudgie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh!FREE flying hearts Icon:crying: rvmpFREE flying hearts Icon
Fly little tawny! Fly!
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FieryMorning Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2014
Hi, I bought this print at SMASH! (It was the only one I bought during the convention and I walked through the lot.) It was my first time seeing it (and your art) but it really touched my heart and I probably should have let you know in person. I have spent quite a lot of my time rescuing wildlife and it always hurts me to take them to a vet only to be said they must be put down because it's too "difficult" to repair them or that they would be disabled after recovery and not suited for life back in the wild. One day maybe all animals would be afforded the same kindness as those dogs in wheelchairs. That is my hope.
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RavaNearo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awwww super cute!!!
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:iconihamo:
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Remarkable!
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:iconheartruptcy:
Heartruptcy Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular and heart warming :) <3
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casadrat06 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Omg he's adorable! :3 Though, reading that they try to look like logs just makes me want to call him Peeta, heheh.
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mushu55t Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Reminds me of Zane and his falcon from Ninjago masters of spinjitsu. Yes Zane is a nindroid.
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:iconquilava23:
Quilava23 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like a cyberman's hand...
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:iconhuggaholic:
huggaholic Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love tawnies! Once saw one missing a wing, poor thing. This is a great idea :)
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:iconvon-morjo:
Von-Morjo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so cute and amazing :D
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Lepercqj Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
amazing ^^ and cute ^^
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Vivid-Vivo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute. I love it. The story behind it is really nice too!
I was watching a clip of dog-wheelchairs too not too many months ago. Small world.
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royi-20 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student
it reminds me tally hawk from Silverhawks
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:iconphlofy:
phlofy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing. I also think prosthetic wings would be a pretty good idea.
Keep doing stuff, like this, it's amazing :)
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:iconaero-claw:
Aero-Claw Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is so freaking cool!!!
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demacrado-ensueno Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Wow, well done! Awesome idea, too :D
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:icontheinfamousjoelinder:
TheInfamousJoeLinder Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:'D awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww x3 ~~~ :heart:
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marjosonic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It looks really cute. Love the idea behind it too. Excellent work. And yeah, hopefully prosthetic wings do come some day.
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:iconrecycledoj:
recycledoj Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had to look up videos of tawny frogmouths after seeing this. Holy crap, they look so adorable. Like your picture.
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angelofyang Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Oh sweet holy mother of moses.... that is CUTE...

Although, immediately what I thought of when I saw this was "OMFG! best bubo EVAR!" In case anyone doesn't get it - Bubo was a gift from athena the greek god of wisdom (I think...) to perseus to help him in his quest against the Kraken. Check out "clash of the titans" the 1981 version, and you'll know what I'm on about.

DAMN but I loved that bird!
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NaJHaikezeH Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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:iconmoko0:
moko0 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Magnifique!
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SzoSzu669 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
BEAUTIFOUL,i freaking love owls and this pic just make me cry a litle tear ;D cheers
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iRAndomPAnda Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
AHA! thanks for the explanation, didnt realize this was not an owl. One of hese cute little guys actually flew into my work one day and was having a hard time flying around. We ended up putting him in a box and brought him to an animal rescue center. This picture reminded me of it. What a sad/yet happy story, very touching!
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ninjagraffiti Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
finally! i knew my hogwarts letter was just late!
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songbird21 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
TThat's really cool. :D
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:icontonystardreamer:
tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fly away be free. Fly away from the chains of flightlessness
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Leopardheart16 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! We have a one-winged eagle at our zoo! That gives me an idea...
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Prosthetic wings sound awesome--I feel so sorry for beautiful birds of prey who can no longer fly due to injuries. This little guy looks so happy!
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:iconwardragonn:
Wardragonn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I and a lot of people wish more like that!
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ravenqueen22 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Very cool
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LittleSp00n Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
So beautiful ! Thanks to share it !!
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:iconwideh-san-chan-kun:
Wideh-san-chan-kun Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that samuses arm I see there love this love metroid
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Dances-With-Birds Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have these goofy tears in my eyes because the concept is so fantastic. I would of never thought of prosthetic wings - once the freedom's gone, it's gone, right?
And you just proved me wrong.
Excellent job and so creative beyond my words. Keep it up, my friend!
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zanfrfr Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it :D
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suitandarmour Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Tawnys used to nest in a tree at my place. it would be cool to see these wings happen.
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I love this concept :) a second chance indeed^^
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babyboo69 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Brilliant! I loved that you shared the insight for this piece with us all as well =) Thank you!
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thelisaraptor Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
I adore how happy it looks. It really does make it seem like a second chance. :aww:
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wrath9 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Cool, somebody made a bird happy with technology... bet the little guy likes his new mechanical attachments to his wings....
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:iconkainboa:
kainboa Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
This looks awesome.
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:iconameymoo:
Ameymoo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww beautiful
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XuiitLikeCandy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute. You've encapsulated the emotion of happiness and joy all in its face. Beautifully done.
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:iconlordcolts:
LordColts Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Awesome as always! =D
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GraphiteOnPaper Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great work!
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MrsArtist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I love this image and its message :)
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Diamondsnake Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Tawnies :heart: It'd be really insane if they did manage to invent prosthetic wings. It'd be such a challenge considering how complex flight is and how light the material would have to be. That said; they've made prosthetic flippers for injured turtles and various other animals.
Gorgeous concept, and quite heart warming too.
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aren't Twanies adorable? they are one of my favourite predator birds :D This is a brilliant picture :D
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