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Old Monday 11th June 2012, 14:21   #26
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Lovely work there! Can't wait to get back and see some Eiders again.
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Old Sunday 2nd September 2012, 20:56   #30
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A different kind of field sketching this time, it probably doesn't even qualify? I did some ringing this weekend, and took the opportunity to draw some portraits while holding the birds. I didn't want to hold the birds for long, so I made quick sketches, and added some color after releasing them. The birds look different up close, many of the markings kind of disappear, and the shape of the bird is also usually different from when you see it in the field. I found it hard to give them their right facial expressions, but it was an interesting session. The Willow Warbler looks wrong to me, and the bill of the Garden Warbler is probably a bit too heavy. The Tree Pipit is one of around 30 that I caught, and the variation was tremendous, both in markings and colors. It would have been fun to try and draw them all, but I felt that it was enough to put one of them through the ordeal...
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You're so right about the way a bird looks in the hand, Oivind. Well-accepted field marks seem to dissipate and, perhaps, we are left looking at pure detail, instead of the overall impression a bird gives when moving naturally in the field (surely a lesson for all artists who may wish to portray birds, no?). The only birds I've ever held which still looked 'as they should' are waxwings and long-tailed tits.
Having said that - these are very beautiful studies. Shame you couldn't do the 30 tree pipits
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Beautiful, and I'm in total agreement with Tim on the detail versus overall impression thing. Very useful exercise though and a real privilege to be in such close contact with the living birds.

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I agree with both of you. It is true that waxwings and long-tailed tits manage to look like themselves in the hand - I guess you might find the wryneck on the other end of the scale?
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So, tomorrow I'm going for the Ural Owl at Borrevannet south of Oslo. It was seen today, so my chances ar fairly good. I had to do some youtube sketching tonight, just to be prepared. Lets hope I didn't jinx it. I admit,, I'm a bit exited
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with sketches this good from video, who needs to go out! no seriously - hope you get it, fingers crossed for you, just spare a thought for me when I'm counting more coots in the rain before work.
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Good luck - I doubt I'd be getting much sleep.
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just spare a thought for me when I'm counting more coots in the rain before work.
There is, of course, a possibility that I might just be counting coots myself - but at least I'll do so in the sun.
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Haha, I'm not counting coots! Far too wet, will go out tomorrow instead.
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Stunning sketches all of them Qivind! Wish you good luck with the owls
and I`m sure you gonna do your best!
Can`t wait to see the results..

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Stunning sketches all of them Qivind! Wish you good luck with the owls
and I`m sure you gonna do your best!
Can`t wait to see the results..

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Good luck with the Ural!

Sketches from video really are nice, your lines are superb..

It's looking like it could be an owl invasion year, a big one too! Lots of Great Grey and Hawk Owl being reported in Sweden, the odd Ural and Temgmalms too...
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It's looking like it could be an owl invasion year, a big one too! Lots of Great Grey and Hawk Owl being reported in Sweden, the odd Ural and Temgmalms too...
Yes, and here in Denmark ( north of Copenhagen ) we have had this Northern Hawk Owl around for a few weeks or so, and which has caught the attention of many birders. Not very common at all around here.
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Cheers for that, Torben - this is THE must see owl for me. One day . . . one day . . . . .
Hurry up, Oivind - waiting to see if you connected with your owl today?
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We did not connect. I gave it my best, walking around for seven hours around the golf course where it has been during the last 14 days. I am sure the owl saw me, and I hope she enjoyed it. I talked with around 20 golf players, and they could all tell me about their many encounters with the bird (do you have the expression pearls for pigs in English?). Actually, it was very nice, and they were very enthusiastic about their guest. Anyway, it was exciting, and I might give it another shot. Ironically, I saw a lot of coots in the golf course lake.
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(do you have the expression pearls for pigs in English?). .
Yes - 'pearls before swine' is our version ('before' as in 'in front of'). Golfers, eh? what can you say
unlucky - but well done on the coots
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bad luck, hope you'll get it another time - and you saw more coots than me today! I chose to stay out of the torrential rain.
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In my humble opinion northern owls are the best birds in the world...

Excruciatingly beautiful, all of them....

Great Grey is the daddy of them all, though Ural is placid and harder to see well. Hawk Owl is a mind blower, end of story, Pygmy has the attitude, though, for me, still waiting on daylight views of Tengmalm's. I love them all. Right now, around Stockholm, Great Grey and Hawk are easily available. Not a normal state of affairs...

In my experience, Ural is hard work and will probably need another visit, so maybe in the future it gives itself up...

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commiserations- if feels like a bit of forum/community dip, since we've all been deprived of the images you would have produced

so really for us, you do need to get out and catch up with another of the owl beasts soon...
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so really for us, you do need to get out and catch up with another of the owl beasts soon...
I felt I had to take you up on that, Ed, so I put up a few nets at the Bird Observatory where I spent last night. Just before midnight, lured by sound, an owl beast found the net. Tengmalm's can be quite numerous along the south coast in October, but you hardly ever see them.
It's a handsome bird indeed, and quite well behaved, as well. I couldn't sketch it in hand, so I had to use a few pictures of the bird.
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superb!!! Beautiful drawings of a fab little bird. Thanks Oivind- that really makes my day!
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