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See Daily Paintings of Bald Eagle Family in Nation’s Capital

For the first time since 1947, a pair of Bald Eagles have nested in Nation’s Capital. Using the live feed via the webcam, artist Ikumi Kayama paints the eaglets daily in watercolor.


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Ikumi Kayama has made a new watercolor painting of the nest each day since March 16th, two days before the first eaglet hatched. Depicting what she sees on the webcam, Ikumi has captured the adult female sitting on her eggs, newly-hatched eaglet fuzzballs, feedings from the parents, and the steady growth of the young eagles.

A local artist has been watching closely as “Mr. President” and “The First Lady” raise two adorable offspring in Washington, DC. But the family she sees is a mated pair of bald eagles and their two eaglets nesting in the National Arboretum.  Named after the White House residents, the bald eagle family can be viewed on a live webcam set up before this year’s eggs were laid.

Ikumi Kayama has made a new watercolor painting of the nest each day since March 16th, two days before the first eaglet hatched.  Depicting what she sees on the webcam, Ikumi has captured the adult female sitting on her eggs, newly-hatched eaglet fuzzballs, feedings from the parents, and the steady growth of the young eagles.

Ikumi is well-familiar with her subject matter.  As the founder of her own company, Studio Kayama Medical and Scientific Illustration, she has painted many specimens from natural science including local favorites like the Baltimore oriole, diamondback terrapin, and eastern bluebird.  She is also goes bird-watching with the local chapter of the Audubon Society.

“Being able to see the bald eagle family is such a special treat. The bald eagles prefer nesting sites that are very high up in large trees, and it is very rare to be able to see them all day, every day like this,” said Ikumi Kayama. “Bald eagles were listed on the endangered species list until 2007. The rise of the bald eagle population is one of the best success stories in environmental conservation.”

This is Ikumi’s second project making daily watercolor studies of scenes from nature.  In 2015 she was an artist-in-residence with the Denver Botanic Gardens, where she illustrated the bloom cycle of the famous “corpse flower” Titan arum - a rare event that drew crowds waiting in hours-long lines.

Ikumi plans to keep painting the DC bald eagle family until the the young eagles fully fledge, or fly away from the nest, when they are ten to fourteen weeks old.  By the time she is done, Ikumi expects to complete more than seventy paintings over 150 hours.  Her continuing work can be seen on her website, www.studiokayama.com/blog.

Studio Kayama Medical & Scientific Illustration collaborates with scientists and doctors to create illustrations that make modern science accessible and relevant to everyone.


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