Monsters of South America: The Alicanto!



In Chilean mythology, the Alicanto  is a bird of the desert of Atacama.The Alicanto’s wings shine during the night with beautiful, metallic colors. The bird’s eyes emit strange lights which makes their nighttime flights luminous.

A miner will have good luck if he sees the Alicanto. The metallic-feathered birds live in small caves between hills that contain minerals, and they feed on gold and silver.

If a miner follows an Alicanto without being caught, he can find silver or gold. But, if the Alicanto discovers him, the bird may guide the expectant miner off a cliff, causing him to fall to his death.


Halloween Sketchbook and Way-Out Wednesday: My Favorite Vulture, the new TV show!

Just kidding.

Black Vulture, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Black Vulture, © 2015 Liz Vitale

In actuality, I rescued a black vulture this past week;it seemed to be injured and was hanging around my mom’s place. I fed it dog food for a few days and then got in contact with AWARE, and Uncle Steve and I transported it to the facility.


Georgia on my Mind Sketchbook: Brown Thrasher!

Brown Thrasher, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Brown Thrasher, © 2015 Liz Vitale

I’ve always been very pleased that Georgia’s state bird is the Brown Thasher. They are related to catbirds and mockingbirds, who are always a pleasure to watch in the backyard. Brown thrashers find their food on the ground, “thrashing” about in the underbrush,foraging under leaves, brushes, and soil debris on the ground using their bills.