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Old Tuesday 20th February 2007, 13:46   #1
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May Sketchathon!

Okay then....Here is the idea...

I'm taking a week off in the first week of May to sketch birds. Going out to an island here in Stockholm to see what crosses my path and sketch the lot! Could be interesting, migration will be in full flow and there is a good chance of something rare. Even without a rarity I'm sure to see some wonderful birds. Will get back to you all on the exact location!
The idea was it would be great if others did something simular all over the globe and we all get back to the forum afterwards and post our work here. I realize not everyone may be able to take off for a week, but perhaps a day or two in the field might be feasable....
Would be great fun to share the results here I think, also would be nice to know you lot are all out there somewhere at the same time, pencil in hand, enjoying the birding and getting some art down. Consider it a mass cyber field trip! Sign up if you are interested here and I will bring the post back up as May approaches, let us know where your location may be etc!
All welcome. Very much a case of the more the merrier!

...any further ideas welcome.

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Okay then....Here is the idea...

The idea was it would be great if others did something simular all over the globe and we all get back to the forum afterwards and post our work here. I realize not everyone may be able to take off for a week, but perhaps a day or two in the field might be feasable....
Fine idea. I am hoping for for a couple of days out and about in May and this may just provide the prompt.
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Old Tuesday 20th February 2007, 14:42   #3
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Now that's a good idea.

I can get somewhere for a couple of hours I'm sure, I wish it could be the whole week but I think that would be wishful thinking! Keep us in the loop.

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I'm going to come to Sweden and share your island Alan! Or maybe stay in Orkney.
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I'll see what I can come up with during my Ecuador trip, which is the last two weeks of May.
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I've not posted sketches (more doodles than anything before) but this sounds good. I'll give it a go.
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Old Tuesday 20th February 2007, 19:33   #7
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Old Tuesday 20th February 2007, 23:44   #8
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I'll see what I can come up with during my Ecuador trip, which is the last two weeks of May.
Ecuador Trip???!"!"!!! - That's just taking the idea too far,VB! Can't you just stay GB, Europe and/or N. Africa?? Some folk, eh?
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Great idea! I'd thought about suggesting something like this back when I first came across this forum to encourage people to post more of their work, but at the time I didn't think it would generate much interest (we've got a much larger group here now, though!). This would be an excellent excuse for me to head down to Point Pelee this May (I've never been, even though it's only a few hours' drive) -- I could definitely stand to cross a few more off of my woefully short warbler list.
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Great idea! I'd thought about suggesting something like this back when I first came across this forum to encourage people to post more of their work, but at the time I didn't think it would generate much interest (we've got a much larger group here now, though!). This would be an excellent excuse for me to head down to Point Pelee this May (I've never been, even though it's only a few hours' drive) -- I could definitely stand to cross a few more off of my woefully short warbler list.
Been there for three days Jomo, few years ago now, though I went the last week in April. Birding was fantastic, about the best I have ever experienced.. Long Point in May was superb too. Hope you can get down there with your pencil and pad!!
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I'll see what I can come up with during my Ecuador trip, which is the last two weeks of May.

Equador Eh??!!

Im just going to stew on my tiny island in the Baltic for a week and dream about tropical cloud forest and Antpittas now!

Dont forget the sketchpad. You might have too much to identify to make time for a sketch!! I usually find when I am birding a new country I am too busy birding to sketch, catch 22 situation, see more species and bird constantly or sacrifice that and get some sketches done!!
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I'm going to come to Sweden and share your island Alan! Or maybe stay in Orkney.
No problem Tim if you find me a male red spotted Bluethroat or a male Collared Flycatcher at a push....!

(Maybe you will find them in Orkney, come to think of it!!)
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No problem Tim if you find me a male red spotted Bluethroat or a male Collared Flycatcher at a push....!

(Maybe you will find them in Orkney, come to think of it!!)
Isn't that just the beauty of our hobby? - Anything can turn up anywhere!
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Good idea, I would love to take part.
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Just bumping this back up. Have arranged a week off and intend to get out for the whole week sketching.....April 30-May 6th

Just a couple of weeks away if anyone else is thinking of getting out at a great time of the year...
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Just bumping this back up. Have arranged a week off and intend to get out for the whole week sketching.....April 30-May 6th

Just a couple of weeks away if anyone else is thinking of getting out at a great time of the year...
Good to hear you're gonna get some time off at last!!!!!!
I'll be doing 'something' at that time, looking forward.
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Just bumping this back up. Have arranged a week off and intend to get out for the whole week sketching.....April 30-May 6th

Just a couple of weeks away if anyone else is thinking of getting out at a great time of the year...
Not forgotten- I've made a solemn promise to myself (and now to this thread) that I will be in the field and sketching over three days May 16-18...
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I'll try to get out as much as I can. Should be interesting to see how much we come up with collectively.

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Count me in, hopefully I'll be able to post some wryneck sketches! I'll be sketching up on the hill at the edge of town.
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You've got a beginner here for the cyber field trip . I paint landscape but need a nudge or rather a massive shove to do some wildlife stuff. Itching to do it but lacking in confidence. I'm visiting Mull and staying on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in Scotland during the first two weeks of May - will have sketch book with me and paints and would love to take part.

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Have confidence in yourself Wendy! Your landscapes are fantastic, just consider the birds as feathered landscapes and scribble away, looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on. Doubt I'll be sketching many wrynecks though, now I've seen 'bits' of one through too many branches.
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Hi Wendy - welcome to the good ship "LackingInConfidence" - we all sail on from time to time!
Sounds like you'll be in an inspirational place for the field trip (don't forget to do some landscapes as well!!!!)
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