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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 00:28   #26
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And a Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England wild Lesser White-Front to finish on. From Jan '95...

Must go now and work on posting some stuff from this century!

Have a great day everyone. A FRABJOUS DAY!
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 08:39   #27
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Terrific work all, Phil - stunning illustration and beautifully annotated, these are joyous to behold.
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 21:34   #28
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More blasts from the past...

Thanks Tim!

Loving the new backlit Eiders BTW!

As my next post I thought I'd barrage you all with a bit more "archive footage." Just wanted to give you a wider view of my work. The vast majority of this stuff nobody has ever seen before....

Then, when that's out of the way, I can start showing some current works in progress. As stand-up pieces of art.

So here goes another set of note and sketchbook stuff....
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 21:40   #29
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 21:50   #31
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Hope you enjoy this little gallery...

Maybe more later after Wallander has finished!
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 21:56   #32
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Phil,
I could pore my eyes over these 'all day and all of the night' as The Kinks sang, or was it The Stranglers? Whatever, sensational stuff. I know some folk who'd say ' that bill's too long and that head's too big and blah, blah, blah. Stick to taking pics, matey. Seriously I think appeciating art can take a trained eye as mush as it does to produce it. There is indeed, a certain 'something' about your style. They're grrreat!

I particularly love the lesser Whitefront, its cuteness you have nailed admirably.

More, More, More, as the whatsit experience/foundation sang. Pop trivia and bird art on this thread.

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Still grinning at the Kentish plover - I don't think I;ve ever seen a more characterful drawing using so few lines; outstanding, mate. Again - all so beautifully composed on the page. Lovely, indeed.
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Old Thursday 27th May 2010, 23:16   #34
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'Charming' is a word that springs to my mind.....
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Old Friday 28th May 2010, 00:20   #35
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Wallander was good!

When they found the poor girl's body there was a Black Woodpecker calling in the background! Is Ystad, Southern Sweden, a good birding place I wonder?

Thanks you lot! Kentish, in my mind, is like a wind-up clockwork toy. Or some kind of weird chick (as in "young chicken!") Yeah! LWF has got to be one of the most endearing geese Russ! And "charming" User? I must be going soft in my old age? But Hey! I'm much older now than then! Maybe "Prints Charming?"

I guess all these pieces show someone trying to capture a bird's essence. That, of course is not always possible! Or to "film it" in sketches? Sooner or later, after drumming your head against the wall, the wall might give way a bit? Sometimes at that time, my cartoonist sensibilities would interfere with the process. And, I think that is most evident in the Kentish sketches!

But, I guess now I'm more interested in the sparseness of line, and the impressionistic qualities of a birding experience. (Getting all "poncey poseur" already! )

It took me a long time to realise that I couldn't draw like Ennion or Busby just like that. To be able to draw in this way you have to have experience. And, sometimes, that can take a long time.

But I think Eric Ennion has always had a strong effect on me. He was a total iconoclast. I admire that! The freedom and looseness in his work, under-pinned with a deep love for the subject involved. Not that I try to ape him of course!

So, maybe I'll post a few more oldies.

But, am almost ready to begin posting from now.

I appreciate all your comments.


It is helping me to form some idea of where I am going with all this.

And, that is, back to the drawing board!
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Old Friday 28th May 2010, 02:03   #37
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Why thank you Dave.

Was just about to post the rest of today's retro scans, when I saw your kind post!

Noticed you picked up on the driving/comedy thing? Excellent!

Just wait a while. I'll open the taps again.

All the very best!

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A 1st W Rough-Legged Buzzard Breakdown? In the 90s?

I think the dates are in the pieces?

A Rough-Leg had appeared on the Imber Ranges, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK. Around Xmas/New Year.

The good old army get 2 weeks off around this time. And civilians can trapse in past the videttes and wander off-road, and blow thenselves up on UXBs. A BRILLIANT place to visit. Imber is still used as "training ground practise" before Iraq/Afghanistan, etc...

I went down in 2 separate car-loads to try and understamd what makes it different from a Common Buzzard.

Ok! Ok! Maybe I twitched it as well!

But to this day, these scribbles have always reminded me of a struggle, sometimes, to get to a point where you understand something IS what it IS...

From the scribbles I did a couple of conclusion "summary" pieces.

Personally, I like some of the "real time vignettes...."

Wade through the "pencil awfulfullness" and you'll see a pattern emerging.

A pattern that leads to understanding of what El Lagopus really is!

Sometimes we have to "wade through some muddy waters before we can drink from the stream!"
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And, these are the two summary pieces I did for my own learning purposes.

OK, but, not inspiring, It is pic 5 from the post before, which I always hold dear.

That is my favourite of all these scribblings and screevings. Honest, true to the bird, and reportage!

It was a very tame bird though! A sub-Arctic confidant!
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what an eye Phil , I love how you point things out...like "arm raised , hand flat " on that simply beautiful flight sketch.
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Colleen?

I think we really need CAU in here to sort it all out!

Or a woman dressed in black?

I do hope so!


Clever Crows are always welcome here!


PS Good luck with your current project CC! Looks like I'm gonna have to go "Crow-Wise" an' start [I]"that thread...?"[/i]

Ah well!

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So Wallanders good is it..? Not got into that.....am 'into' Luther...with the main man being Stringer Bell out of 'The Wire'...[what a series that was]!!
I am still grieving over the ending of 'Ashes to Ashes'...no more Gene Hunt..!!! AArrgghh!! Still...it was good while it lasted and i'm glad they brought back the original writer...[just wish they'd get RussellT back to do the Doctor Who]!...just hasn't got 'that edge' now i'm afraid... [It has got that gorgeous doctors assistant tho]...

Anyway...TV n film aside...

Ennion awesome...long tailed skua's...awesome...

Many moons ago i did the long tail skua passage in the Hebs. Now...i suppose i shouldn't use the word 'awesome' again...but...they are!
I did a little pic of a long tailed somewhere on my thread...and i sort of regret not including poms...which are equally 'good' trailing their spoons! I remember as soon as we got 'in position' a flock of 75 pomarine went by and our jaws dropped...

ps....i stick to my usage of the word 'charming'...it is amazing the way your written notes surrounding pics are so integral....[okay...i might just use the word 'fresh']...

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It is cool how the notes are an integral part of the whole as User rightly points out. It makes for a different experience to others work. Makes it individual, which is such an elusive quality. Lovin' it.

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But to this day, these scribbles have always reminded me of a struggle, sometimes, to get to a point where you understand something IS what it IS...

Wonderfully put, and drawn, Phil.

There is a bit of a controversy here which I imagine is occurring over there as well regarding going out into the field and playing programs on your ipod to call in various birds. Of course now you don't know whether you're hearing another bird or another ipod. Not to mention the stress to the birds. My roundabout point is that someone should package up some of these drawings and put them into a ipod program in the interest of showing people what they COULD be doing, and learning, and enjoying, while out in the field.
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Terrific work all, Phil - stunning illustration and beautifully annotated, these are joyous to behold.
totally agree with Tim.
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having not commented for a while, I am left with a solid page chock-a-block full of brilliant drawings and not knowing where to start. I am just going to keep it simple, Dipper, Rough-leg and Skua are all simply stunning. How come you never showed us this brilliance before! I could add detailed notes and analogies on why each individual drawing is so fantastic, but I'm going off to Wales tomorrow morning and I wouldn't be finished by then! Be going to Anglesey and I won't be back til wedensday, but I'll have plenty of sketches once I'm back, I promise!

Keep up the sketches, can't wait to see what the modern work is like Phil
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Wallander is an acquired taste. I love it to bits. But with live Black Woodpecker calling? Gotta be my favourite! (Like high-pitched machine gun rounds!)
Beautiful shots of Southern Sweden makes it even more special!

Thanks all for the nice feedback. Still trying to get "Untitled..." into some sort of shape. But maybe it doesn't need that. After all, it is a work in progress. And you people are making it have form. And I am indebted to you all for that!

I was taken by the annotated drawings people did for the Rarities Commitee in this country in the 80s. Reproduced in the British Birds Annual Report of Rares. I believe that was why I began doing this. Mainly because I wanted to convince my own "panel of scrutineers within." Also, it was like a way of avoiding pages of descriptive text. Making the description come alive, so to speak.

I recently showed my notebook entries to John Martin (Avon Recorder, and finder of the 1st WP Fregatta Petrel!) I asked him if I needed to send in separate descripts for the pieces I'd done. He said no. It was all there that he needed. And that he loved the stuff. Guess it must cheer a county recorder up, not to have to wade through paras of dry hand-writing!

John is the nicest bloke you'll ever wish to meet BTW. A superb birder, and also...a brilliant artist!

The 2 pieces I showed him related to the "big-blow" in the Severn Estuary (UK) last November. Here's the first....
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having not commented for a while, I am left with a solid page chock-a-block full of brilliant drawings and not knowing where to start. I am just going to keep it simple, Dipper, Rough-leg and Skua are all simply stunning. How come you never showed us this brilliance before! I could add detailed notes and analogies on why each individual drawing is so fantastic, but I'm going off to Wales tomorrow morning and I wouldn't be finished by then! Be going to Anglesey and I won't be back til wedensday, but I'll have plenty of sketches once I'm back, I promise!

Keep up the sketches, can't wait to see what the modern work is like Phil

This is now recent work Gropper. Thanks for pulling me back into the present!
And thanks for the kind words. Woo-Hoo! Tysties and Choughs! Hope you get them! We want to see what you found and sketched!

And here's another.

Severn Beach/New Passage (South Gloucestershire, England) is one of my local haunts since the 80s.

The Severn Estuary is like a giant Heligoland Trap. When winds pick up fom the right direction it can force pelagic species into the "neck of the bag."

For years, I'd been going there in conditions I thought right for Leach's Petrel. And for years...no luck!

On this one day I got lucky, with a nice Pom Skua thrown in for good measure.

On returning from my "secret sheltered sea-watching site", and no! I'm not giving it away! I was surprised to see "millions" of birders huddled against the elements, in the usual sea-watch site (where the sea-wall gives some little protection against the winds and rain.) Even Lee Evans was there. Which I thought odd?

I thought they'd all come down for the Leach's.

I later found out that, earlier that day, John Martin had found the West Pal's first Fregatta Petrel here!

I was more than satisfied, however, with seeing my first Leach's Petrels!

PS Maybe I should email these to John Martin? Whoops!
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Wow !!! your sketches are excelent, just like what I want to accomplish. Your sketches remind me to those moleskin boyage carnets (travel diaries) you see in the net.
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Wow !!! your sketches are excelent, just like what I want to accomplish. Your sketches remind me to those moleskin boyage carnets (travel diaries) you see in the net.
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Federico,

Gracias amigo! Thanks a lot. And a warm welcome to Bird Forum!

Don't worry about the english. I'm a qualified TEFL/CELTA teacher. So, this is a good place to practise!

If at any time you have a query with this language, PM me, and I'll give you advice. OK?

What are "moleskin boyage diaries" ?

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