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Old Wednesday 21st May 2008, 12:03   #326
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LSW do have it a bit tough these days what with one thing and another. The last one I saw in UK prior to this was rather sensationally nipping into a freshly excavated hole right outside where I lived in Blackheath- but when I returned from work in the evening, the Council had pitched up and sawn the dead branch off.

This current lot are safe from any bureaucratic tree loppers but not very well hidden, so the GSWs may already have had the young on toast.

I'm off for my annual burst of proper birding this weekend and in a moment of weakness have blown the dust off my videocam-to-scope connector which still seems to work. So I must remember that there is more to life than record shots and try to follow Alan D's shining example of sketchin n shootin.
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Old Wednesday 21st May 2008, 12:42   #327
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The one I saw was in a tiny scrap of woodland next to the motorway. The ground was strewn with rubbish and the cars and lorries whipped past within a few feet. Not exactly ideal habitat and not exactly where I thought I might spot a lifer like that but beggars can't be choosers I guess!

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Old Wednesday 21st May 2008, 13:14   #328
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The lesser peckers are all here, they came over in my luggage. Apart from the one in Ed's superb sketch - he got away. I managed to see 4 in the UK, usually high up in a treetop looking like a mint humbug stuck to the branch. I get to see that many per month if I'm birding enough in the right places now.
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Old Wednesday 21st May 2008, 14:06   #329
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The lesser peckers are all here, they came over in my luggage. Apart from the one in Ed's superb sketch - he got away. I managed to see 4 in the UK, usually high up in a treetop looking like a mint humbug stuck to the branch. I get to see that many per month if I'm birding enough in the right places now.
Happily rather common here, but not really that easily seen unless you are in the right area. Great little birds, and a lovely sketch Ed..
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Old Wednesday 21st May 2008, 15:05   #330
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Don't suppose I'm that likely to get one up here . . . having said that, we have a Golden Oriole this morning . . . . . . .
Really looking forward to the results of your trip Ed. You always throw something in from left field - really gets the brain going.
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Old Thursday 5th June 2008, 23:15   #331
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Hello all. Just to breath a little life into my thread, here's a stupidly large and a stupidly small duck from this last week.

-the Baikal Teal shows the South Koreans on top form (their motto with all things landscape related being if you are going to do it bad, do it big...and yes that is a doorway in its chest)

- the Garganey is a memento of my Suffolk spring, bird currently photoshopped onto a scan of the more-or-less-finished painted background which was posted with blurry Greenshanks up-thread a few posts, whilst I work out where the bird should go. It could be that this one needs amongst other things a vigorous crop, so Mr Black and Mr Decker are waiting in the wings..
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Old Friday 6th June 2008, 02:39   #332
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I'm going to have nightmares about that teal.
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Old Friday 6th June 2008, 07:43   #333
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I wouldn't take anything off with a B+D. To me what you've got is a great example of how a bird in landscape should be done. You know the bird is there but you have to look for it because it is so much a part of the landscape and that is exactly how birds are, (except giant teal of course!). I've been visiting the major galleries here in London and looking at the work of the impressionists, so I'm loving the impressionist influences in this.

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I agree with Mike, no need to chop stuff off this one, the garganey is superb where it is, a tiny part of the picture that holds the whole thing together, this is just like birding, there is a genuine sense of reality to it.

I can't think of anything witty to say about the big duck, yikes!!
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That garganey piece is so wonderful, just love it! It really makes you feel you're right there in the real situation.

The teal... I'm speachless (and laughing!)
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[quote=EliS;1214971]That garganey piece is so wonderful, just love it! It really makes you feel you're right there in the real situation. quote]
Yes Ed - this painting really does have the lot. Get it finished, quick. Really ace.
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I agre with the above a super pic.
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Old Saturday 7th June 2008, 15:18   #338
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That's a very heartening reaction. I cracked on and painted the bird in last night, absolutely determined to resist the temptation to give it more detail than the rest of the pic. I couldn't remotely have done this one without the learnings I have plundered from the forum over the last little while, so thanks all.
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Old Saturday 7th June 2008, 17:02   #339
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I couldnt see it first of all, the first thumbnail above was a great help in locating the target...................must get new glasses
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mmmmmmmmmmmm! I really like this!
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Best piece I've seen for absolutely ages! ADORE it!
Ed - you need to address the very bottom-most clump of reeds. Everything else in the pic has a reflection of some sort - this doesn't (yes, I know the water texture has a lot to do with it, but have a look?) - Even Mr B&D for the bottom 1" or so may help.
Sort it out for the benefit of an absolutely wonderful painting - AND a definite SWLA contender!
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Just been back for another look - it really is beautiful.
Well ****ing done!
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Best piece I've seen for absolutely ages! ADORE it!
Ed - you need to address the very bottom-most clump of reeds. Everything else in the pic has a reflection of some sort - this doesn't (yes, I know the water texture has a lot to do with it, but have a look?) - Even Mr B&D for the bottom 1" or so may help.
Sort it out for the benefit of an absolutely wonderful painting - AND a definite SWLA contender!
That's a good spot- I shall attend to it. The water there is too ripply to reflect as you say, but it should be in the shadow of the clump and so the crisp edge makes no sense.

Speaking of good spots, have you seen that River Warbler yet?
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Just off to try for it - have to get youngest to school first - aaargh!
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Oh yes! Every bit as good as I was hoping. Sound advice from Tim but, that aside, this is an absolute stonking piece and I love it!

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Ed , this is a stonker of a piece! really one of your best well done.
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A quick return to my dirtier habits- this Nordmann's done right on the spot last week, using finger-daubed mud and seawater over pencil and biro.
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Mud and seawater? Wow, that's creative AND ecological! And the result is just beautiful!
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Echo Elina's comment, which are spot-on. A very creative use of materials to hand (or finger, if ya like) and a truly beautiful portait.
Where were you, by the way?
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Nice! Best way to record the exact colour I suppose! Great bird too.

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