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Old Saturday 19th January 2013, 09:58   #576
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Cracking piece of work this John.

Love the hawk and the peckers especially amongst this latest batch.

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 00:05   #577
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Thank you, Mike!

Here is the latest batch of quickies...Greater Scaup (female), Peregrine Falcon chasing Dunlin, Cackling Goose, American Goldfinch (male, breeding plumage), Common Goldeneye and Pied-billed Grebe.

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 19:45   #578
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Another nice collection John.
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Old Saturday 26th January 2013, 12:14   #579
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The 2012 project is a real treasure...I always look forward to the next instalment so thanks for sharing it!
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 04:33   #580
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I'm very partial to the goldfinch, John -one of my favorite birds.
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Old Tuesday 5th February 2013, 00:48   #581
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Thanks Ken, Nick and tbilbo!

Well, I need to get back to the 2012 species-seen project or I'll risk not finishing it before the end of 2013

So, here are numbers 70 through 75, meaning there are only 211 more species to go.

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Pages of delight again John & I just love the Hummer. Its 13 years since Ive seen a Hummer
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Old Tuesday 5th February 2013, 16:16   #583
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Pages of delight again John & I just love the Hummer. Its 13 years since Ive seen a Hummer
Thanks for looking, and yes...we are lucky in the western hemisphere to have our little packages of avian energy to see. There are only a small handful of species we get to see in my state, though. In the US, the southwest near the Mexican border is the hotspot. However, we are lucky in our area to have a year-round resident species (Anna's Hummingbird) which manages to survive the winters because of its ability to use controlled torpor, the increasing planting of winter-blooming plants for decorative purposes, and a lot of hummer lovers like my wife and I who keep feeders out in the winter. Anna's is the only truly non-migratory hummer, which has quite expanded its range over the last few decades and now is found as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
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Old Wednesday 6th February 2013, 15:27   #584
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Every one of them is truly a delight John! Attractive , sencitive watercolours..

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Old Sunday 10th February 2013, 13:14   #585
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That Rufous Hummingbird and Tree Swallow make a nice pair. It seems that western hummingbirds keep turning up in the east in the winter. I'm not sure I'd recognize a rufous if I saw it but it's one of the birds that has become a regular PA visitor. Just a few years ago it seems like the only possible one was the Ruby-throated.
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2013, 21:27   #586
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I'm captivated by the California Quail, John. I've only ever seen photos of this beautiful bird. Thank you for bringing them to our (your fans') attention. Perhaps feature them in greater detail. Keep up the great work.
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Old Wednesday 13th February 2013, 10:09   #587
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great collection...and I love the magpie
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great collection...and I love the magpie
Still it comes, wonderful birding diaries. The Tree Swallows are fab!
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Thanks much Paschalis, Ken, tbbilbo, Arthur, Gaby and Alan!

Seeing all the great serious paintings here makes me anxious to do something beyond these sketches, but I am having fun with them and still have over 200 to go to sketch all my 2012 bird sightings. These four bring me up to #79 out of 286.

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Finally got around to doing some more sketches in my attempt to sketch each species I saw during 2012. These are #80 to 85, leaving 201 more to go...hmmm, will I actually get this done in 2013?

I always feel inadequate posting these quick sketches because of the just outstanding work here on the forum, and this group in particular was a bit hurriedly done as I've been spending most of my time on oil (and some watercolor) landscapes. But I'm enjoying these and I think there is some learning resulting from them even if the end result isn't great. The sketchbook I'm working in right now is part of the issue, in that it has plate finish paper that works really nicely for dry media, but really isn't designed to take watercolor or gouache well. When I finish this book (which will take me to #118) then I'll be switching to a sketchbook with paper designed for wet media.

Here are the current bird sketches, and I've also included two of my recent landscapes. The first landscape is 11x14 inch in oil, and is a scene from the Teton Valley in Idaho. The second is a 14x11 inch oil and is a scene that is about three miles from my house.

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For some reason the two landscapes didn't upload with the previous post. Trying again...

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I like them all John. Just looking through some of my photos here and Savannahs were some of the last I looked at - a beautiful bird. Also waiting, waiting, waiting for the first Hermit Thrush of 2013!!

You do seem to feel at home with landscapes. But it's nice to see your development with birds as well. I'm sure all this work will pay off in the end and birds will start to feel as natural as landscapes to you.
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I always like to pick a favourite, with these two Im struggling both very different but both as appealing as each other. Wonderful John
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Tenton Valley dose it for me.a relaxing pic.
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Thanks Ken, bigshent and Arthur!

Been busy with painting landscapes still, but finally got around to doing another half dozen quick sketches of 2012 species seen.

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Sketching is marvelous John and landscape have really come along...shows what desire and hard work can create
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Always nice to see more of these John. I'm still waiting to get a good look at that 'bland' warbler you've painted! Only the briefest glimpses so far.

It's also interesting to note what seems to be more detail in the last two pictured. Any day now, well maybe still a week or two away, I hope to hear our first Common Yellowthroat of the year.
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Great selection John and I caught up with you on your webby BRILLIANT scapes
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