These days you can get Lego kits to build anything from a Star Wars frigate to Doc and Marty’s time machine from Back to the Future. And yet, there is still a lack of bird-themed Lego projects for avian enthusiasts. Gardener and tree surgeon Tom Poulsom got fed up with waiting, and decided to make some of his own.
Poulsom, a Bristol, England native, has created many beautiful Lego bird creations, including quite a few contenders from North America. In fact, his designs are so popular that 10,000 users on the Lego Ideas website voted to turn three of his best designs into official Lego kits. The first wave will be available for order in January 2015.
But why birds? Poulsom explains that “I have always been a fan of LEGO, and a big admirer of the natural world, rekindling my love for LEGO two years ago and building what most boys would build, cars, trucks and spaceships, etc. However, being a gardener and a lover of nature I wanted to build something related to my job. One day during a break from digging in a customers garden a Robin Red Breast landed on my fork handle. This was the eureka moment behind what is now the LEGO Bird Project.”
Please enjoy this gallery of some of his finest creations, and you can find more about the Lego bird project by clicking here.
The goldfinch is a very common, seat-eating bird, and is pictured here tending its nest. Bonus points for the creative egg decoration.
Stormy the Snowy Owl
The snowy owl is covered in soft white feathers which are used as camouflage during winter. However, their large yellow eyes are a dead giveaway!
Woodpeckers are famous for their sharp bills, which can drill through tree bark to search for tasty insects. How appropriate that Woody is posed on a tree.
This canary won't warn you of a gas leak in the coal mine, but it certainly looks beautiful with its wings outstretched.
Amber the Azure Kingfisher
Of course the azure kingfisher is decorated with fish hanging from its beak, signifying its tremendous success as a catcher of fish.
Tommy the Turkey
Spotting a turkey in the wild is actually not easy, so it's nice that Poulsom created this pretty model for us to admire.
Dodo the American Dipper
No stranger to life in the water, the American dipper spends much of its day submerged in water. Poulsom gave a nod to this with some translucent blue and clear Lego pieces.
Victor the Violet-Eared Hummingbird
Hummingbirds are some of the smallest and fastest birds on earth, which requires a strict diet high in sugar. It makes sense that this particular kit would come with a nourishing flower.
If you are thinking this doesn't look much like a robin, remember that in England, their "robin" is more like a chickadee than the thrush we are used to seeing in the spring in North America.
Another kingfisher makes the list, which isn't surprising, as they are one of nature's most beautiful birds. Here we see the bird with its wings fully extended, showing off the vivid colouration of its feathers.