The New Yorker's gorgeous optical illusion cover is a spring delight

Spring is here, and the New Yorker's optical illusion cover is one of the most delightful celebrations we've seen this year. At first glance, the cover for the magazine's 15 April edition features a beautiful illustration of various species of birds, the composers of the season's soundtrack, but there's more going on than immediately meets the eye.

First up it turns out that not all of the birds really exist. Readers are challenged to identify the real species and to detect which birds are made-up intruders. And there's another twist. The artist, Peter de Sève, has also included an optical illusion as a little hidden Easter egg in the design. Can you spot the cat?

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.