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The First Trip to the Beach by Julio-Lacerda The First Trip to the Beach by Julio-Lacerda
Rahonavis ostromi, the basal unenlagiine from Magadascar, taking tentative steps towards the beach as a testament to what its relatives are doing in South America; The idea was inspired by ~StygimolochSpinifer's Fishing Rahonavis.

[edit] thanks to *EWilloughby and ~MattMart for pointing me out a more correct disposition for the tail feathers. Not sure if it's 100% accurate but I guess it's much better :D

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:iconantoninjury:
AntoninJury Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  New Deviant
So soft, so cute, nice Rahonavis, look like some japanese prints in the composition (sorry for my english)
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:icon4bluecat:
4bluecat Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
Cool
Looks real
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SpinoRaptorRex303 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
he is so adorable!!! I want a pet of this dinosaur!!!
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EthanCowgill Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I am so glad someone actually took the time to seriously illustrate a small dinosaur from Madagascar, brilliant!
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gjr888 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
And then... a Mososaur grabs and eats him >:) This is stunning!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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forkhead12 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Wow never thought of them as beach combers seeing as I assumed they could only glide/weren't the best flyers.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
This is the infamous "flying raptor" capable of powered flight.
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Algoroth Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
The tail feathers look happy to me. Nice pic! Ummmmm.....hmmmmmm....how many bird feathers stay in one position? Like....NONE????
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Oddity-1991 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh man your stuff is amazing!
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
AJFLSKA FSDJFLSKgfjsdalksdajglskda

Your art is so amazing!
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suddenlydaylight Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Writer
Acho que fizeste as asas demasiado curtas, mas percebo que esta ilustração se foque mais na semelhança aos outros Unenlagiinae.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice :clap:
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Where can I find one of these things, it looks super cute :) seriously though, stunning as always. Looks like what it basically is, a a medium-sized bird. :)
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Caprisaurus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
It's a 1 foot long raptor.
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marcoornithodira Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's ecologically close enough to a smallish bird for my statement to make sense IMO (though obviously you're right about it not being in the bird crown-group so arguably not a bird, though that word is quite confused when people call Archaeopteryx a bird but don't do the same with, say, Microraptor).
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Sansji Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
A very old late reply according to this topic from; October 2012.
The Archaeopteryx is considered to be the bridge connection from reptiles towards birds. And thus considered to be one of the first birds, even if evidence is still lacking, since the amount of Archaeopteryx skeletons aren't over a thousand (nine-thousand in case of favouring Dragon ball Z jokes). And considering the fact that they only recognise a species, as one, when more than a thousand of them exist, or existed in this case. Silly thing, is it not? If you compare how fast a butterfly can adapt to a new environment through colour selection, it's almost considered insane. Aside from that old fart rant, since I may as well assume that you are well-informed about Dinosaurs. The Micro-raptor is, despite from its features, considered to be a part of the reptile family. Well, was, since it is no longer in existence. Alas those standards make little sense, in a world so seriously strange. 

I hope that this cleared it up for a tad. Otherwise I'd call it; fishing after an "ancient" discussion. 
Cheers! 
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks very happy, this little fellow :)
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Like pilsator, this is the finest Rahonavis I've ever seen ! And the scene is quite and peaceful. So fresh. :D
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pilsator Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most beautiful Rahonavis I've ever seen.
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa, thank you very much pilsator! :aww:
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painted-wolfs-den Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... that really helps. I think it's just the right amount of tail for the image.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice concept!! Love it:)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful! =)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so! :)
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome! :omfg: I suppose you made it yourself again:? Oh my gosh, it looks like a photograph... :wow:
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha yeah! Thank you very much! :hug:
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wish I could do that... :o And you're most welcome, my friend! :D
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work!
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaahhh! So cute!
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! :aww:
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
so tender! :-)
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:aww:
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MrGorsh Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insta-fav was a must. Another stunning job. :D
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful atmosphere! The end of the tail looks strange, though - the retrices look like they're all branching off from a central point (as in modern birds), rather than forming a fan or extending along the sides of the tail, as in dromaeosaurs and archaeopterygids.
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I did make the retrices all branch from the tip of the tail; I thought that was within the realm of plausible speculation? I don't like to imagine all deinonychosaurs with the same tail feather arrangement, so I tried to make this one look like it had lost the "lateral" feathers on the tail. But I'm willing to edit that if it compromises the picture's accuracy :D
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Looks much better now! :)
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MattMart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IIRC in pretty much all aviremigians including modern birds there are about one or two pairs of feathers per caudal vert. The extreme fusion/compaction in modern birds pygostyles is what makes them all appear to come from more or less the same point (though obviously they are still staggered or else they couldn't form a fan). It would be highly unusual for rectrices to be lost on all but the last caudal *and* that last caudal bearing numerous feathers *despite* not having fused vertebrae, let alone a pygostyle (at least as far as we know). Not sure there's enough room for them to anchor there. I guess it's theoretically possible, just not sure what the developmental mechanism would be there.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Is it also reasonable to assume that dromaeosaurids would have lacked the musculature necessary to spread and collapse the fan at will?
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MattMart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again afaik, nobody has ever correlated fanning musculature with anything but a true pygostyle and at least one or two studies implicitly or explicitly show that a rectrical bulb is not supported for rod or dagger-shaped fused caudals.

Long story short, the mobility of the tail feathers in non-euornithean theropods seem like it would have been pretty limited.
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Ornitholestes1 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Instant favorite.
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Excellent. Might be up there with my favourites of yours.
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh, thanks! :)
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Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how natural the atmosphere feels here. ;)
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:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! "Natural" is exactly what I strive for in most of my pictures, so that's a win :D
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Cheetanzee Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Reminds me of an Avocet for some reason :D I love it !
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