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Old Tuesday 25th August 2009, 22:54   #51
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Update again.... Gull wing annotated and added HERE
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HI Keith,

here is a gull head, hope I got that beak ok, it was really hard to see the parts, I've never seen one close, and every photo I had, the beak was different.
If I need to fix something I can....this is a combo of watercolor and pastel

it was much harder than I thought to do this, but I learned something about making white birds, which I hope will carry over to the egret head I want to do
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Old Wednesday 26th August 2009, 13:30   #53
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Thanks Colleen, I've downloaded it, hopefully have it labelled up and on the Opus page later today.
I'm going to put a black outline around the the bill to make the areas I will be labelling stand out more. I won't ask you to do it as your picture is very nice and it will spoil it as a piece of art to have the bill outlined.

quicker than I thought with the labelling...so it's now online.

Could do with an underwing picture to label the axillaries, (armpit feathers), and a couple of feet, a webbed one (duck) and a lobed foot (coot) to show the differences, if anyone's interested.
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Old Wednesday 26th August 2009, 23:18   #54
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Hi Keith you can tell I am not doing much at the moment.
These any good for under wing and feet you wanted
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Those are just what I wanted Arthur, many thanks.
Get those labelled tonight hopefully
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Old Thursday 27th August 2009, 21:40   #56
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Not as fast as I thought..only managed the feet so far. Posted them onto the page.
I'll try and get the wing done before we leave on our holiday..if not look for it after the 12 September.
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have a great holiday Keith....we'll be here when you get back:-)
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Hello, it's that man again refreshed and ready to plug away with more bits of topography. Here's the page link so you can see what I've done so far http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Topography

I'm now after more heads, ideally a couple of waders, one with short beak, one with long beak maybe curlew or whimbrel for the latter to illustrate the curve.

Also I'm thinking about a piece on feathers so would love a picture of a primary or secondary type feather, uncoloured so I can do the shading myself to illustrate various patterns, also a general contour feather again uncoloured.

Many thanks in advance from a complete numpty at art.
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HI Keith,

I just had a wonderful encouter with a curlew, I'd be happy to do that one, I'm not a candidate for the wing stuff tho
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Thanks Colleen a curlews head would be great
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Talking about beaks... I was just wondering about showing other different beak types as well... insect /seed/nut eaters etc?

What thoughts?

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I'd not actually considered that. Might be good for a bird recognition section?
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Talking about beaks...

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Beaks or bills? Sorry, I couldn't help that one (from recent thread). Might also merit a line in the dictionary.
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Beaks or bills? Sorry, I couldn't help that one (from recent thread). Might also merit a line in the dictionary.
LOL Dave - I'd forgotten about that thread! From the sounds of it it would appear to need more than "a line"

er... you offering

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Hi Keith,

Great thread here, somehow missed this one until it popped up a few days ago. Trawled through some old sketches, a few found that might suit you interests with regard to topography, here they are...
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Great thread here, somehow missed this one until it popped up a few days ago. Trawled through some old sketches, a few found that might suit you interests with regard to topography, here they are...
Lovely work buzzard12, the stint picture is just the sort of thing that we can use but can I be really cheeky, is it possible that you may have a picture of a stint showing the 'braces' on the back, that would be a real bonus for the page.
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HI Keith,
here is the longbilled curlew I promised, I saw it at Bolinas Lagoon at Stinson Beach California, about 1 hr north of San Francisco. It had a two tone bill, I see others do not all have this, but I painted it like I saw it. Hope it works for you.
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That's great Colleen, just what I'm looking for, thanks!
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Hi Keith,
I've been doing studies of a Rough Legged Hawk, so thought this might work for a beak thing....it's accurate, the beak of this hawk is quite small compared to other raptors, but maybe not enough detail for you, if not you can leave it off.|=)
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Don't know if this is any help - it's one from my book in four languages. If it's any use, I have topographies for the head and wings.
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Keith, here is the image you asked me about.
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Amazing image Marcus!

Don't think I've ever seen the serrations depicted so clearly, incredible
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Amazing image Marcus!

Don't think I've ever seen the serrations depicted so clearly, incredible
He must have been bobbing around on the water with a green hood on to entice that smile from her - superb image!
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He must have been bobbing around on the water with a green hood on to entice that smile from her - superb image!
great pic

out of curiosity- is that a juvenile with beak still growing, hence the short beak and toothy smile?

I wouldn't normally expect to get to see anything like that much of the serrations on a sawbill's closed bill- but then bearing in mind Tim's comment, maybe they don't find me attractive enough to smile at..
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Hi, thanks for the comments.
The bird is a young bird. Part of a group of three fledglings. I watched the family for about two months. The mother taught them how to fish over a two week period and then departed. They were great fun and, after a while, spent most of the time coming to bread (and chips) with the local mallards. They gave the mallards a really hard time. I must admit it was quite fun to watch though.

I believe the stripe is diagnostic of a first year bird.

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