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This is a gallery of hand carved bird by award winning artist Jim Childress.  All birds are life-size and carved from bass wood or tupelo, and painted in acrylics. 

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Kissing Flamingos
16 x 24

Photographed at the Brownsville Zoo (note: flamingos are not native to TX)
Flamingos (available up to 16" x 24")
Great Blue Heron
12 x 18

Bayfront
Corpus Christi
White Ibis
8 x 10

Mustang Island State Park
White Ibis (available up to 8" x 10")
great blue heron (available up to 12" x 18")

 

Birds

 

 

Green heron (available up to 12" x 18")
Black-bellied whistling duck (available up to 16" x 24")
Least Bittern
8 x 12

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Black-necked Stilt
12 x 12

Packery Channel County Park, North Padre Island
Pied-billed Grebe  20 x 24

Port Ar
White Egret
16 x 24

Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Area, Corpus Christi
ansas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Great-tailed Grackle (female)
16 x 24

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Green Heron
12 x 18

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Black-bellied Whistling Duck 
16 x 24

Corpus Christi

 

Willet (available up to 12" x 12")
tri-colored heron (available up to 11" x 14")
American Avocet (available up to 16" x 24")
American Avocet
16 x 24

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Pied-billed grebe (available up to 20" x 24")

 

 

 

 

 Click on any image for information on how to obtain a print of it.  Except for the flamingos, all the birds shown here were photographed near Corpus Christi or on Padre Island.  All measurements are in inches and reflect the maximum print size available.
Least Tern with egg
10 x 15

JFK Causeway to North Padre Island

 

 

least bittern (available up to 16" x 24")
Least Bittern
16 x 24

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Willet
12 x 12

Indian Point Park, Portland, TX

 

 

 

female great-tailed grackle

 

American Oystercatcher
10 x 10

Rockport, TX
American oystercatcher (available up to 10" x 10")
northern pintail male
least bittern 2
Great-tailed Grackle
(male)
16 x 24

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Male great-tailed grackle
Black Skimmer
16 x 24

JFK Causeway to North Padre Island
black skimmer
Sandhill Cranes
12 x 18

Padre Island National Seashore
sandhill cranes
least tern with egg
clapper rail
black-necked stilt
Green Teal
9 x 12

Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Area, Corpus Christi
male green-winged teal
long-billed curlew
Long-billed Curlew
12 x 12

Indian Point Park
Portland, TX
white egret
yellowlegs
Yellowlegs
12 x 18

Packery Channel Co. Park, North Padre Island
Tri-colored Heron
11 x 14

Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX
Northern Pintail (male)
11 x 14

Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Area, Corpus Christi, TX
Clapper Rail
16 x 24


Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Area, Corpus Christi
Texas south of San Antonio offers enormous opportunities for birdwatchers and other bird enthusiasts, because it is located on the central flyway a major migratory route between North and South America.  Migrants passing over the Gulf of Mexico, normally either travel from Florida to Cuba and then south, directly over the central Gulf of Mexico, or they follow the coast of the western Gulf, which takes them over Texas.  In addition, birds going directly over the central Gulf often have to stop for food, water, and to rest, and consequently stop in Texas.  Other factors that increase the number of species is that south Texas is the northern limit of the range of many species found in Mexico and that occasionally species whose northern limit is farther south, will stray into south Texas. 

Because of these factors, places like Padre Island National Seashore have recorded almost 45% of the bird species in North America within their boundaries.  Please visit the Padre Island National Seashore web pages and photogallery on birds  for more information.  You may also be interested in knowing that I either took some of the bird photos and wrote much of the text as an employee of the National Seashore or contributed them from my own files.