South Dakota Birds and Birding

Bird and Nature Drawings by Terry Sohl


This page is devoted to bird and nature artwork.  I used to draw some in high school and college, so after a break of, oh, 20 years, I started drawing again around Christmas of 2011.  After only drawing in black-and-white before, I decided to do justice to the beautiful plumage of birds, I needed to try color.  My medium for all of the drawings below is colored pencil.

Note the drawings I post out here are simply for your viewing, as I currently do not sell my work.  I don't have very many drawings yet!!  It would be like parting with my first born!!  Maybe when I get more of a collection together I will start selling some of my work.

Note: The background images are the work of John Gould (1804-1881).  Gould was an ornithologist and prolific artist.  He worked with Charles Darwin, work that is referenced in Darwin's landmark On the Origin of Species.  He was fascinated by hummingbirds, and the prints in the background image are some of Gould's reknowned hand-colored lithographs on hummingbird species.  If you haven't seen some of his hummingbird prints, they are truly gorgeous.
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American Woodcock - Scolopax minor    Labrador Duck - Camptorhynchus labradorius    Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris

American Woodcock

  Labrador Duck   Ruby-throated Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus - Drawing   Bachman's Warbler - Vermivora bachmanii

White-eared Hummingbird

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Bachman's Warbler

Spoon-billed Sandpiper - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Atlantic Puffin - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Golden-winged Warbler - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Atlantic Puffin

Golden-winged Warbler

Boreal Owl - Drawing by Terry Sohl    Barn Owl - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Roseate Spoonbill - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Boreal Owl 

Barn Owl

Roseate Spoonbill

Green-breasted Mango - By Terry Sohl   Red-shouldered Hawk - Drawing by Terry Sohl    Piping Plover - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Green-breasted Mango

Red-shouldered Hawk 

Piping Plover

Peregrine Falcon - Drawing by Terry Sohl    Snail Kite - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Common Nighthawk - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Peregrine Falcon 

Snail Kite

Common Nighthawk

Passenger Pigeon - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Carolina Parakeet - Drawing by Terry Sohl    Black Skimmer - Rynchops niger - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Passenger Pigeon

Carolina Parakeets 

Black Skimmer

Red-throated Loon - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Xantu's Hummingbird - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Nelson's Sparrow - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Red-throated Loon


Xantus's Hummingbird


Nelson's Sparrow

Green Kingfisher - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Lewis's Woodpecker - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Bumblebee Hummingbird - Drawing by Terry Sohl 

Green Kingfisher


Lewis's Woodpecker


Bumblebee Hummingbird 

Blackburnian Warbler - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Bluethroat - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Cape May Warbler - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Blackburnian Warbler




Cape May Warbler

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Whip-poor-will Drawing - By Terry Sohl    Crested Caracara - Drawing by Terry Sohl 

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl


Crested Caracara 

Montezuma Quail - Drawing by Terry Sohl    Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Red-faced Warbler - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Montezuma Quail 

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Red-faced Warbler

Lawrence's Goldfinch Drawing By Terry Sohl   Painted Bunting - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Elegant Trogon - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Lawrence's Goldfinch


Painted Bunting


Elegant Trogon

Lucifer Hummingbird - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Great Auk - Drawing by Terry Sohl   Brown-capped Rosy-Finch - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Lucifer Hummingbird

Great Auk

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush - By Terry Sohl


Drawing of a Kirtland's Warbler - By Terry Sohl


Pacific Golden-Plover - Drawing by Terry Sohl

Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush

Kirtland's Warbler

Pacific Golden-Plover


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