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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 09:38   #351
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Good luck to the both of you - we've got a nice helping of hail and gale today - hmmm, yummy.
And you've cracked it once again Alan - this little wheatear study is perfect. He has that adamant look on his face - dodgy leg or no - I'm off to Africa!
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 15:22   #352
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Youv'e been busy they are all great esp the Chiff Chaffin 329
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 15:43   #353
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Some sketches from today, all from Sandemar. Grey plover here, a scarce bird around Stockholm.
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 15:49   #354
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A lot of Yellowhammers today, about 250 feeding in the stubble fields. Was torn between drawing them and moving on to look for a "better" bird or two. Made these sketches very quickly as the scene really appealed to me. Not the tidiest in the world but somehow have an odd appeal of their own.

forgive the photo quality, dark evening light here makes it difficult at times...
(especially when you gotta get to the supermarket within 25mins!)
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 16:02   #355
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You've really hit the net with these Alan - consistently brilliant drawings. The yellowhammers are splendid - get them into a colour comp really quickly - your watercolour work is on top form too - knock one out!
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 16:09   #356
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I can't get enough of these sketches!!

I love seeing how the different shades and plumage details have been approached, it amazes me how so much form and character can come through with the simplest of lines and minimal clutter!!

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that's it, I've got to go birding tomorrow, these yellowhammers are too inspirational!
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 17:45   #358
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You've really hit the net with these Alan - consistently brilliant drawings. The yellowhammers are splendid - get them into a colour comp really quickly - your watercolour work is on top form too - knock one out!
Will get to it! Bit busy this evening and want to get to bed early so as to get out again tomorrow...
Will be more sketches by then! It all keeps building up! Will have plenty to work on this winter...
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 22:35   #359
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Wondrful, Wonderful .......Wonderful work!

Love the Hammer's

Seeing large flocks of these too, and our first Redwings are starting to appear.
its fantastic time of year!
Got to get out with the scope soon.
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Old Tuesday 16th October 2007, 22:49   #360
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Excellent! Big fan of your work! I have tried shading with lines in the past but it just doesn't seem to work for me...any advice? Sorry to take away from your thread...very nice work!
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2007, 08:40   #361
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So much superb work since I last commented Alan that it's difficult to know where to start!

All the sketching is up to your unfailingly excellent standard. The piece that sticks out for me would have to be the flycatcher, that is masterful. But then there's the divers and the wheatear and the yellowhammers and the... I'm out of breath!

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Old Wednesday 17th October 2007, 10:32   #362
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Well, spent the morning on a big local hill summit hoping for a good bird or two, not a lot, though flocks of Waxwings and a single distant Rough Legged Buzzard did show.
Have decided to go out and try for Hawfinch and possibly Dipper this afternoon. Have wanted to paint Hawfinch for a long time and figure they might be at Tyresö Slott as there are a lot of beech trees there which should be shedding mast now. Dipper is just an old favourite! Will post any results later.
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One of those really great days out today where expectations were met and then surpassed. Had hoped for Dipper and a Hawfinch or two at Tyresö Slott this afternoon.
Checked the stream first and came upon a really obliging Dipper straight away with no searching required. A second bird then turned up along the same stretch! Both birds proved to be very tame, allowing me to sketch them, take photos down to a few metres and get some video footage. Next off to the woods where the beech trees where I had fleeting views of a Hawfinch before moving away to check the reedbeds. Was then treated to calling Bearded Tits, a major surprise and good record. This was quickly followed by a skulking Moorhen, not a common species at all in Sweden and a really good record for the Slott.
Back to the wood and my day was well and truly made by no less than 27 Hawfinches, as a large flock came in to feed in the treetops on beechmast, an amazing spectacle and not bad on the ears either, what a great sound to here a large flock calling constantly.
The orchard then provided 42 Waxwings, a selection of Thrushes and some Bullfinch to round a great day off. Went home delighted!


Some dipper sketches here...

Also below are links to video footage taken on the Canon A95 today for reference....

Dipper Feeding;
http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?...18411461928917

Dipper Preening;
http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?...22274286835140
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2007, 18:38   #364
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Some more Dipper sketches...
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finally the Hawfinches....


Sorry again if some of the photos are not great, shot under a lamp without natural light...
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words escape me, these are just so well observed, absolutely brilliant.
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Old Wednesday 17th October 2007, 19:23   #367
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These are drawings to aspire to - it takes much more than mere observation and a modicum of talent to produce work of this quality (a bit disheartening for us mere mortals, actually!). You really have to be thinking about publishing in some form or other, you know.
The video links are also very inspiring images (is it me, or is there a very palpable similarity between this feeding/bathing dipper and a winter plumage guillemot - peculiar!).
Marvellous, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable to look at - the drawings and the vids. Top Show!
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These are drawings to aspire to - it takes much more than mere observation and a modicum of talent to produce work of this quality (a bit disheartening for us mere mortals, actually!). You really have to be thinking about publishing in some form or other, you know.
The video links are also very inspiring images (is it me, or is there a very palpable similarity between this feeding/bathing dipper and a winter plumage guillemot - peculiar!).
Marvellous, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable to look at - the drawings and the vids. Top Show!
Was thinking of the murrelet images earlier, from Devon last year, really is uncanny, the auk resemblance! Lets hope Dippers dont take to swimming offshore in Shetland, few heart attacks might result!
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Alan , Just fantastic! Tim's right you should be having your art
published in someway.
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Wonderful work Alan. I'd agree with the others about publishing. The forth dipper of the second set, on the low log, would make a great painting.

Sounds like a great day too, that would have been two lifers for me.

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Really lovely work- I always enjoy and keep up with your thread. The hawfinch is so interesting- I haven't seen one to date. Not sure if they are here in S Wales. Anyone know?
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A really brilliant set of skeyches .
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Really lovely work- I always enjoy and keep up with your thread. The hawfinch is so interesting- I haven't seen one to date. Not sure if they are here in S Wales. Anyone know?
Hawfinches are (I believe) very rare in S Wales, I know that for Ceredigion at least there have only ever been two records. You may get lucky in the winter as birds disperse, woodlands with plenty of beech and hornbeam are their favourites. Certainly a stunning bird, I'm lucky that I see them quite regularly round here, but then the whole region is a mass of forest.
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What a fantastic set of sketches Alan!
I can set apart one of the others, all are exceptional!!


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Another day out birding, not very good for birds though. Best was a brief Goshawk and what I am 90% sure was a Twite that I flushed, which then flew over the horizon after calling.
On a brighter note got some really good Tree sparrow photos, which are now on my blog. Also posted photos that I took yesterday.
Below a few sketches of Tree Sparrow and Fieldfare. Also a page of Hooded Crows, the only bird for miles at Sandemar! Normally would not stop to draw these, glad I did, really pleased with this page of sketches. Light was coming strongly from the right and made the drawing really interesting. Full page here and then individual drawings will follow...
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