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Old Wednesday 28th March 2012, 17:19   #1351
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Getting better - if that was possible!!! Brilliant yellowhammer.
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Old Wednesday 28th March 2012, 20:01   #1352
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Yep the hammer is a cracker. The sound recording are great and a great looking set up too
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Old Wednesday 28th March 2012, 22:59   #1353
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fabulous work, said it before and I'll say it again, how you see these shapes is beyond me, but you do, and long may it continue. Hoping one day I'll see them too
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Old Saturday 7th April 2012, 09:42   #1354
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More excellent field sketches!
Great to see someone tackling GCG's, Alan, I sketch lots of these but I can never capture their elegance as well as this.
Superbly done Yellowhammer, too. The singing pose is spot-on!

Splendid!

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Old Tuesday 10th April 2012, 03:26   #1355
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Superb work! All are wonderful, but the headshots of the displaying grebes are real standouts.
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another great series of sketches!
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Old Wednesday 11th April 2012, 15:51   #1357
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A real treat today at a small wetland not to far fron the city centre here in Stockholm, a pair of Garganey. A very early date here, only a few male reported locally so far, as far as I know very early for a female and perhaps the first in Uppland this year. They didnt do a lot, though very nice subjects to draw. Started with biro, switched to pencil for quicker blocking in of solid darks. This must be one of the most drawn species on this forum I reckon..

Male bird here..
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Old Wednesday 11th April 2012, 15:53   #1358
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Female here, also a male Reed Bunting, also newly returned, very much a summer visitor here and an early spring migrant...living in Scandinavia dramatically changes ones perspective on which species are migrant..
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Great job on all these, but I particularly like the Reed Bunting piece.
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Old Wednesday 11th April 2012, 17:05   #1360
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While its fresh, I thought I'd draw this scene out on panel. Rudimentary use of largish flat brush, blocked it in very quickly. Garganey pair from a few hours ago with Little Grebe and Gadwall pair courting in background..want to do this one quite directly without overpainting the scene..
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Old Wednesday 11th April 2012, 21:08   #1361
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While its fresh, I thought I'd draw this scene out on panel. Rudimentary use of largish flat brush, blocked it in very quickly. Garganey pair from a few hours ago with Little Grebe and Gadwall pair courting in background..want to do this one quite directly without overpainting the scene..
well done! what are we all going to do when the Garganey moment is past?

something will turn up

I've got fingers crossed for some Dotterel this spring to continue the whitestriped excitement..
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Old Wednesday 11th April 2012, 23:02   #1362
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superb garganey - expect more, I only had four a few days ago, whereas about twenty was the norm last week. I love the reed bunting too. Predictions for what will take their place - Penduline Tits - many more than normal going through here, also Bluethroat - three self-found in the past week or so, though I hope Ed's prediction is correct - Dotterel is very high on my want list!
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Old Thursday 12th April 2012, 00:13   #1363
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superb garganey - expect more, I only had four a few days ago, whereas about twenty was the norm last week. I love the reed bunting too. Predictions for what will take their place - Penduline Tits - many more than normal going through here, also Bluethroat - three self-found in the past week or so, though I hope Ed's prediction is correct - Dotterel is very high on my want list!
Top of my list are Red Necked Grebe, Broad-billed Sandpiper(not seen one in too long), Red Necked Phalarope, Dotterel on the deck please Ed,(my last few have been flyovers),Summer garb Little Gull, Tengmalms Owl(long awaited), Ring Ouzel and Rustic Bunting...all perfectly possible here, if not likely...

More optimistically a Red Flanked Bluetail or either Sandplover and I'd be a very happy camper...

Now back to covering myself in Acrylic paint....
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Old Thursday 12th April 2012, 16:33   #1364
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reed bunting superb markings done to a tee,especially like shape of head. you will be a difficult act to follow sir. All the best George
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Old Thursday 12th April 2012, 18:13   #1365
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Thanks guys...but afraid I've been out again today...

Out at Saby Strand today, a wee wetland and the star was Green Sandpiper. So heres everything I put down, first in pen and later in pencil at a close by wetland called 30 M Kärret in pencil....

Also in here somewhere a flash sketch of an Osprey...
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....also last nights progress on the Garganey piece.

If this were shorthand I'd be the only one in the world who could read it, I do know where this is going, for once, feels to be going well so far...
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Old Thursday 12th April 2012, 21:28   #1367
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Some fantastic sketches again. I particularly like the Green sands
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Old Friday 13th April 2012, 12:03   #1368
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Some fantastic sketches again. I particularly like the Green sands
I really love some of those sandpiper sketches, esp. the first one. And it's interesting to hear that you're pleased with the painting so far. It's funny how we often use a personal and idiosyncratic shorthand that may not make sense to others. I look forward to seeing this develop, when birds and time permit
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 08:02   #1370
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Why does everyone else have garganey!? Where's mine, I want one!

Nice work here as always, I'm particularly taken with the osprey sketch, just enough to capture the bird and not too much to deaden it.

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Steller's Eider, a lifer, northern duck you just have to travel to see and a bird I used to dream about. Second year female from Landsort a few days ago. Much smaller than I expected. Not a lot of time on this bird, which was generally sleeping...
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And a few other bits from the same area...preening Oystercatcher, Sleeping Common Eider female and a male Common Eider fleeing from an aggressive male with mate..
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Well done on the Steller's - excitement through the drawings is tangible. Brilliant oystercatcher angles - spot on and the charactrisation in the fleeing eider is perfect. A very fine bunch, mate - on top form.
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Beautiful sketches. Are you left handed?
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Excellent stuff, totally top drawer.

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