The hummingbird that sits on Rhonda Longwith's fireplace is so realistic that its eyes seem to follow you wherever you stand in the living room.
"Everybody comments on it when they walk in the house," said Longwith, who buys Burbank artist Fred Hamer's work.
Hamer works in his garage carving realistic-looking birds out of wood using both power and hand tools. He also creates miniature habitats and plants that accompany the carved birds.
"Fifty percent of people who see my work wonder if they're stuffed birds," Hamer said.
Hamer starts off his projects by researching his subject. Over the years, he has created a small library of bird information, sketches and pictures. He sometimes uses museum specimens that are for research purposes to get details about the birds. However, he also goes to sites, such as zoos, and takes photographs and sketches the live birds.