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Old Monday 2nd July 2007, 09:47   #51
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Nice to hear from y'all.

Tim- you are not wrong about it looking short-arsed. It is supposed to be a bit like that, but it may yet have the bum-stretcher clamped on it.

Dave B- My mental image was exactly as you describe (sleepey as a teenage Spoonbill), but by all accounts they do perk up mightily at feeding time. I thought I was hallucinating when I saw the dogfarm Nodshank wake up and scamper off after the falling tide- really quick and bouncy, a bit like an egret after fish fry.

One Nod feeding technique I have heard about but alas not seen is to sprint after small fish, catch them and fling them onto the bank, then despatch and eat them at leisure. Bizarre- I can't think of any other bird which catches prey and then let's go of it in this crow and gull infested world...
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Nice to hear from y'all.

Tim- you are not wrong about it looking short-arsed. It is supposed to be a bit like that, but it may yet have the bum-stretcher clamped on it.

Dave B- My mental image was exactly as you describe (sleepey as a teenage Spoonbill), but by all accounts they do perk up mightily at feeding time. I thought I was hallucinating when I saw the dogfarm Nodshank wake up and scamper off after the falling tide- really quick and bouncy, a bit like an egret after fish fry.

One Nod feeding technique I have heard about but alas not seen is to sprint after small fish, catch them and fling them onto the bank, then despatch and eat them at leisure. Bizarre- I can't think of any other bird which catches prey and then let's go of it in this crow and gull infested world...
Hi Ed, I know absolutely zero about these noddy guys but I was interested to hear about the fishing technique. I was watching a little grebe recently and I was fairly baffled by its behaviour. It dived and brought up a tiddler then started to 'sling it about a bit'. It kept dropping it and picking it back up again. I think it must have been deliberate but I can't really work out what good it was doing, especially as the fish seemed to be lifeless.

Fascinating creatures birds, ain't they?

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I like the lively one BTW
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Hello all. Social life intruded on the weekend a bit so only managed a qiuck bumstretch and scapwarp on the Nodshank.

But happily socila life included being taken downriver in a little boat Sat evening and managed to manouevre ourselves so these two Curlew (in v heavy wing moult, hence wing notch) were just in line with a wrecked ship and yellow buoy. Carried the mental image with me Sunday and on the train to work this morning and then to capture-the-moment, tried to set it down over lunch today. The usual media of biro+ finger dabbed coffee + blackberry smoothie, with the added innovation of yellow and green highlighter pen rifled from the stationery cupboard.
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Old Monday 9th July 2007, 23:31   #54
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lots of character and action in those curlews, and a great composition. Can't comment on the nodding dogs (apart from they're looking great) as not sure how big the bum's supposed to be.
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I love that Curlew sketch, spontaneous, lively and full of character.
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I love that Curlew sketch, spontaneous, lively and full of character.
Ditto! Great drawing that is bursting with energy Ed! Pheasant looks like it has been a lot of work, do post a good quality photo of it when complete, looks beautiful...
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Hello all. Good sense of humour test today- managed a couple of hours on the computer remorselessly progressing the Nodding Dogshank, then out to dinner and returned to find that there had been a power cut and so work lost..

could treat this as a hint that I should stop arsing about on the computer and do something more creative- another hint in the same direction here, the latest from my father's workshop
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Like father, like son - he (you) clearly follows your (his) incoragable sense of humour - and immaculate attention to detail. Please pass on my highest regards to Mr Keeble Snr. - wonderful.
Oy - Ed, ever heard of 'save' when photoshopping? - out here inthe isles, we hit save every 10 minutes - one never knows when a swan (or Great Auk!!!?) will hit the power lines.
Get that Rodney Plodwank finished and be done with.
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Like father, like son - he (you) clearly follows your (his) incoragable sense of humour - and immaculate attention to detail. Please pass on my highest regards to Mr Keeble Snr. - wonderful.
Oy - Ed, ever heard of 'save' when photoshopping? - out here inthe isles, we hit save every 10 minutes - one never knows when a swan (or Great Auk!!!?) will hit the power lines.
Get that Rodney Plodwank finished and be done with.
Hello there - greatest risk of line damage currently seems to be an overland Yellow-nosed Albatross...in fact perhaps I should nip out with the torch. As for Plodwank- it's Nodding off time and he is safely saved for the night...
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Hello there - greatest risk of line damage currently seems to be an overland Yellow-nosed Albatross...in fact perhaps I should nip out with the torch. As for Plodwank- it's Nodding off time and he is safely saved for the night...
You also, I hope. looking very nice, by the way. Errrr, the plodwank, not you - no offence.
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You also, I hope. looking very nice, by the way. Errrr, the plodwank, not you - no offence.
Usual combo from weekend

- Nodding Dogshank nudged along

- managed to get out as a friend of my son wanted to see a Buzzard and we manged to get on this one as it went upfor late afternoon flap round. So rather rewarding and a capture the moment image rendered in haste with the tools to hand at the office. The background turned out interesting- green highlighter with dilute blackcurrent juice on top, which turns it blue I discover.
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wonderful narrative sketch with 'alchemy magic' for the colouring!
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Excellent remembered observation this Ed - just the way it should be done! Purple and green highlighter makes blue, eh? - they didn't do that one on the Tweenies. I'd better try a bit of that me-sel.
Just to be fascile - the second drawing down - you really ought to stop b*ggering about and get this little character onto a canvas - stunning.
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Hello all. Unusual subject for this weeks Monday lunchtime sketch (cartoon) as I don't normally spend much time on cricket or passerines. But had the pleasure on Sunday of watching a Pied Wagtail taking a catch at Lords with Kevin Pietersen in action in the background.

I have a nagging feeling the wag is based on a mental image of a drawing I have seen somewhere, but I don't know where.. so apologies if I have nicked it off this forum or indeed from anywhere else.

Disgraceful composition too, but the mid-foreground was vast and empty and hopefully the mown squares knit it all together..
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Hello all. Unusual subject for this weeks Monday lunchtime sketch (cartoon) as I don't normally spend much time on cricket or passerines. But had the pleasure on Sunday of watching a Pied Wagtail taking a catch at Lords with Kevin Pietersen in action in the background.

I have a nagging feeling the wag is based on a mental image of a drawing I have seen somewhere, but I don't know where.. so apologies if I have nicked it off this forum or indeed from anywhere else.

Disgraceful composition too, but the mid-foreground was vast and empty and hopefully the mown squares knit it all together..

Lovely work Ed, you've hit me for six...I'm bowled over in fact!

(will apologize for that later, honest)
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love it. Certainly an original image.
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thats a very distinctive (and good) style you got there ed. How do you do it?
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Definitely quirky-I love it!
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That's a nice reaction to the crick pic from all- in answer to On-Firecrest, the style has evolved out of a determination to seize the moment and crack on and produce something- so these little novelty items are rattled out at my desk monday lunchtimes using biro, coffee and other stuff to hand. Strictly no artists materials.

Meantimes in another world the Nodding Dogshank nods on. Currently on some really hard bits, mapping out where spots and streaks will go and trying to get them to look right. One of the hardest things in all bird painting IMHO- source of tears ever since I first ever tried to get the barring on a Peregrine to turn into spots on the upper chest without too abrupt a transition or looking too regular..

Once that little challenge is o'ercome, the bird gets feather texture, fringing and the subtle stuff added all over and some shadows and lights and hoorah I can move on...
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One of the things that really amazes me about your work and attitude to 'it' is the disparate nature of your handling of media. I would never have imagined that an artist who can conjour up a piece of wildlife art in between the 5th and 6th balls of the 18th over at said test ground with such click and vibrancy - could then have the balls-aching patience to sculpt a fine piece of illustration such as is emerging before our very eyes. What's the secret Ed?
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That's a nice reaction to the crick pic from all- in answer to On-Firecrest, the style has evolved out of a determination to seize the moment and crack on and produce something- so these little novelty items are rattled out at my desk monday lunchtimes using biro, coffee and other stuff to hand. Strictly no artists materials.

Meantimes in another world the Nodding Dogshank nods on. Currently on some really hard bits, mapping out where spots and streaks will go and trying to get them to look right. One of the hardest things in all bird painting IMHO- source of tears ever since I first ever tried to get the barring on a Peregrine to turn into spots on the upper chest without too abrupt a transition or looking too regular..

Once that little challenge is o'ercome, the bird gets feather texture, fringing and the subtle stuff added all over and some shadows and lights and hoorah I can move on...
Ed amazing ! thought your pied Wag is sublime, your style is wonderful
good to see the Nodding Dogshank progressing. Barring on the breast
of a peregrine ah .. . The stuff of nightmares know where your comin
from on that one. Could'nt crack it for years but one day Yes...
it all comes together blood sweat and lots and lots andlots of
tears!

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of a peregrine ah .. . The stuff of nightmares know where your comin
from on that one.
I thought you might...

I duno how long I must have spent during the poster paint era (that's the 1970s for the younger forum members) trying to copy Thorburn/Lodge/Tunnicliffe/DM Henry Peregrines by daubing small ill-formed bars onto what passed for pinkish wash, end result looking like what I would now recognise as a piece of char-grilled salmon.

Then if miraculously the breast and flanks worked out OK, you had to take a deep breath and start on the barred scaps and mantle..
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I thought you might...

I duno how long I must have spent during the poster paint era (that's the 1970s for the younger forum members) trying to copy Thorburn/Lodge/Tunnicliffe/DM Henry Peregrines by daubing small ill-formed bars onto what passed for pinkish wash, end result looking like what I would now recognise as a piece of char-grilled salmon.

Then if miraculously the breast and flanks worked out OK, you had to take a deep breath and start on the barred scaps and mantle..
, Yes the religious worship and copying of his holyness
D.M. Reid Henry 's Gyr falcons Too , from Hawks Eagles Falcons of the
world. (early eighties for me!) Total torment sometimes if you didn't
quite pull it off, or got to the end but did the feet wrong ARRHHH!!.

I have a phobia still when it comes to getting feet right, usually
the last thing I put in still today. My wife ribs me mercilesly about
it,

" have you finished it yet " ,

um Yeah.

" what about the feet !"

EERR UMM just doing that


"Just put em in !!!"

"Yes Dear"
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Never seen a red naped nodding dogshank, hear they are increasingly rare these days!
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Never seen a red naped nodding dogshank, hear they are increasingly rare these days!
It does look like a bunch of matadors have been at it, a previously unidentified threat..the Bloody Napeshank.

I should add, just to tie the two little threadettes above together, that I happened to be browsing yesterday evening in an old book of my father's and the frontispiece- a DM Henry painting of a Red-naped Shaheen. So red napes all round- funny old world.
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