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Returning to the Family by TheTerritorialTrike Returning to the Family by TheTerritorialTrike

Chattian, Late Oligocene, 25.63 MYA, The Caribbean

    Early morning on a hot summer’s day over the Caribbean Sea, a male Pelagornis sandersi leaves his mate and young chicks to catch fish and squid. The day’s journey is as any other, leaving at dawn, catching his prey and returning at dusk to regurgitate his food to his family. The bird with the largest wingspan of any, only outmatched in weight by the giant teratorns which will evolve some 18 million years later.

He dives several times, as he have done countless times before. Chasing his prey underwater before eating them whole. Hours pass. He fills his stomach to the brim. Returning to the nest early today, the male is content. As he is flying home he notices a large thundercloud on the horizon bringing a drop in humidity and heat with it. He takes no note of it. As he returns to a breeding colony on a remote outcrop of rock in the middle of the Caribbean, countless squaks and caws of other P. sandersi call out, although the male singles out his mate and walks awkwardly over. He regurgitates his food to his mate and two chicks, and then takes a well deserved nap.


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This is my rendition of Pelagornis sandersi, the giant bird discovered in South Carolina a few years ago. I made this over the course of roughly 3 hours while riding on a train. Open full image to see real scanner quality.

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Owlbaskingshark Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
more majestic than an eagle
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TheTerritorialTrike Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Maybe...
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Really awesome!
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TheTerritorialTrike Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Thank you very much.:) (Smile) 
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August 4, 2016
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August 4, 2016
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