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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 11:04   #826
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More owls (please zoom in - I've yet to master the new scanner set up on my PC) - Asian Barred Owlet and Collared Owlet; the former sat in a tree in the middle of a bustling north Indian village surrounded by children and dogs! Also Rufous Sibia, female Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush and one Spotted Forktail - one of four three species seen and the commoner one - blue plastic bag just out of focus!
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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 11:12   #827
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We experienced some very unseasonal heavy rain on a couple of days which meant being confined to digs, so to whittle the time away here's a bic pen sketch of my a view across the valley from our hotel at Sat Tal, and quick sketches of dirt-common Himalayan Bulbuls. Also two pages of the bizarre Long-billed Thrush - this is what it looks like, truly! - and another pen sketch of the mountain range from our digs at Rhaniket - when it was bathed in stunning sunshine! I could get into this landscape mullarkey - Mr. Wainright eat your heart out!
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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 11:28   #828
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Finally, two peckers - Brown-fronted, which was playing 'peek-a-boo' by our hotel in Rhanikhet continuously for about a minute, thus offering the oppo for this sketch! See also crap sketch of Wallcreeper above!
Also Scaly-bellied sketched from the car on our way ooop to Nainital.
Collared falconet was one of my must-see birds and this didn't disappoint except I had to sketch it using bins as, once again, I wasn't allowed to end up as Tiger-fodder. Shouldn't complain, though - it was the only one we had!
Himalayan Buzzard at Nainital. This bird had a quite striking head pattern, making it very distinctive - perched up, anyway!
Lastly, Immature Imperial Eagle at Bharatpur. I'd truly love to spend loads of time just watching and sketching BOP's. These were my best efforts from a 20 mins or so session with a very obliging bird. To do it properly how much time would I have to invest in this pursuit - untold hours, naturally!

Many thanks for looking. I'll now look for new inspiration on this forum and be checking out the new work of you guys out there!

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Old Sunday 14th April 2013, 15:10   #829
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Glad you're back Russ...love all these sketches, looks like an amazing trip. Very envious!
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A pleasure to look at Russ. That long-billed thrush is something else.
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Outstanding group of recent sketches! The owls are my favorites, but all are really well done.
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Fantastic as normal Russ. It always a pleasure catch up with your work
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Great sketches, I have to agree
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