Animals: Painter of Birds

No trade for a clerk is bird-painting. A man must be patient, curious, hardy, sharp-eyed, indomitable beyond belief. He must lie immobile in brambles half the years of his life, or crouch in duck boats, shin up tall trees, wiggle all day through burdock. Thus he may discover the true expressions of contentment, fear, anger or mischief never seen in a stuffed bird. He may discover the true color of a bird's bill and feet, which fade quickly after death. He may discover such secrets as that...

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