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Old Thursday 13th August 2009, 18:37   #51
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Clive a superb piece of work and I can see why they want to publish.
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Old Thursday 13th August 2009, 20:41   #52
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after a few weeks away from the birding world working on drawings for my publisher it's a relief to be able to get back to my bird art.my first image completed is a smaller piece than i'm used to doing but i wanted to get the image down on paper whilst it was still fresh in my mind.it is of course a little egret spotted out on the saltmarsh at warsash on the hamble estuary earlier this week and is as much about the lighting casting lovely shadows and reflections as it is of the bird.hope you like it.
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Very beautiful indeed, Clive - absolutely gorgeous!
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beautiful Clive, every little detail,
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Quite beautiful Clive and there is a very special light to it.
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Old Friday 16th October 2009, 14:04   #57
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Love it Clive superbly done
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Old Friday 16th October 2009, 22:25   #58
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little egrets are nothing but shadows and reflections - that's why they're so damn hard to do - you make it look easy. Great composition, great bird and great use of medium. Jury's verdict - a unanimous great!
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thanks everyone,i have to say it was such a treat to draw and it's been a little while since i felt so pleased with an artwork.it was a bit of an experiment for me to see if i could put together a fairly detailed pencil drawing in what is (for me at least) a very small format,thus allowing me to get down my impressions of the event much more quickly than i previously could.a very enjoyable experience and one that i'm hoping to repeat more often with the birds on my patch.
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The chase-moorhen and avocet

Back in august i was plodding around titchfield haven and spotted a pair of avocets with two juveniles in tow.The adult birds were very protective of their offspring and every now and then when one of the local moorhens got too close for comfort they would be pursued until they took flight to a safe distance,this is my attempt to re-create this image.
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Old Sunday 25th October 2009, 13:09   #61
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just love this medium superbly done too
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thanks arthur,i have to stick with my pencils cos i cant paint for toffee!
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Don't worry about the colour - these monochromes are wonderfully evocative renditions bristling with life. I've just had a thought - and, following a little lie-down - wonder if you would consider perhaps just introducing one tiny splot of colour to a drawing like this? I can imagine just the tiniest plip of red on the moorhen's bill (were it in view) could be a delightful touch. Whaddayathink? (I suppose the little girl's red jacket on 'Schindler's List' springs to mind.)

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hi tim and thanks for your kind words.ive kinda come full circle with the graphite work,i started with pencil and at the time nobody would touch it and so i introduced colour(watercolour) and learnt to oil paint etc etc.i was never very good with colour so went back to graphite after 5 years of experimentation,i havnt touched colour for 10 years now,i did however try incorporating the two but it wasnt received very well.i think ive become a bit of a purist (or is that pig-headed?) and really love working in black and white.i'm trying nowadays to concentrate a little more on lighting and be a bit more 'arty' and a bit less detail led,and ,so far,i'm really enjoying it.
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superb tense atmosphere in here, the avocet is wonderfully menacing.
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cheers nick,i hadnt seen avocets behave this way before,such a contrast to their normal elegant manner!
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Have to agree. I don't see avocets very often. But when I do they are elegant, not fierce, skinny rhinos. In this pose the bill looks just as menacing a weapon as the horn of a charging rhinoceros - not that I see them all that often either.
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Have to agree. I don't see avocets very often. But when I do they are elegant, not fierce, skinny rhinos. In this pose the bill looks just as menacing a weapon as the horn of a charging rhinoceros - not that I see them all that often either.
avocets are notoriously aggressive in my neck of the woods

but I gather that in the US, egrets have learned kung-fu to protect themselves:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wetlanddoc/2553872322/
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Gorgeous drawings Clive, both the egret and the avo.

Avocets are super aggressive when they have young or eggs to protect. I've watched a whole scrapeful of them pointlessly chasing shelduck youngsters around for ages.

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ed and mike,thanks very much for your comments,as a relative newbie birder it's interesting to learn of the avocets behaviour,it did seem a relatively pointless exercise on the behalf of the avocets at the time as the moorhens seemed no threat to the fully grown juveniles,but fascinating to watch,although not a patch on the kung fu egrets,them i gotta see!!
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The egrets I've watched in the US ,esp the snowys, use the kung fu on each other, more than other birds, I've watched a snowy be chased off by the little avocet, who is way smaller.
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been away for a while,locked in the studio trying to put together an image of teal from reference material i got following a visit to slimbridge earlier this year.ive finally got enough down for it to be worth posting.ive been trying to work on a smaller scale otherwise this picture would have to have been much bigger and take forever and so instead of going for detail ive tried to re-create the scene observed from the hide.
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fantastic mate!!! it looks a bit dark on my monitor..also the avocet one looks dark..but very nice work, mark..
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cheers mark,yes these are a bit dark,lighting a bit tricky at moment as i'm taking photos straight off the board.once ive finished it and had it scanned i'll post a decent shot in the meantime here are the 2 previous images properly scanned
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Absolutely stunning Clive - such an incredibe sense of depth to the piece. Beautiful work - just beautiful.
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