This blog is an exciting new venture for me because I love feathers, know a lot about them, and like to write about them and show my and other's art. The image is part of a Rupells Vulture wing feather from Africa--naturally molted. The silhouettes are cut from the feather in the shape of the vulture, raised above the background, and lit with directional lighting which gives a shadow effect. This feather would get messy from the rotting meat that the bird eats. But the bird only puts its head in the gory parts and its head is almost bare of feathers. Some vultures are entirely bare of feathers on their heads but the Rupells has a few downy ones, I don't know why.