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Old Tuesday 29th May 2007, 17:03   #201
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Just to draw attention to google Myspace. Have recently been advised to set one up with a view to displaying and selling artwork as well as some photos.
Have just recently set one up, but only just got it operational and its only looking half decent at this stage. Still have a lot of tweaking to do yet. Will leave a permanent link to it on my blog.
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Anyway of getting work out there to be viewed can only be a help I figure, this being a free service can do no harm...
That HTML stuff gives me a headache though!!

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Old Tuesday 29th May 2007, 17:52   #202
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Just how much of a technophile does one have to be to create a 'Myspace' Alan? - Yours is good, by the way (as if it would be any other).
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Old Tuesday 29th May 2007, 18:28   #203
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how did you manage to get it looking so good and to do all those things?, my Myspace is clearly bland in comparison!
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 13:57   #204
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All I did was use other sites really, picked a template from a site called Pyzam. You paste a load of text in to the "About Me" section of your Edit Profile. Got the slideshow from www.freetemplatesonline and the photo bit from Pictutetrail. The music and video comes of My Space itself, just click on a favourite. Links below for you if you wish to use them.

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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 15:22   #205
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cheers, I'll have a play around.
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Old Monday 25th June 2007, 12:06   #206
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Been a while! Finally managed an early morning trip to Tyresta National Park and came up trumps with incredible views of Nightjar. Flushed it off the ground, was amazed that it only flew a few metres and resettled on the ground. This is one of the birds of the year for me to date, stunning views of a species that rarely allows this kind of view, it was just plain jammy if I'm honest! Infuriatingly had no camera!!
Sketched through the scope before I left it, was worried in case it had young nearby, though seemed very confiding and not at all anxious. Also here are Green Woodpecker and Wood warbler thumbnail...
Been working too hard, have a bit of time off this week though and am looking forward to getting out again...Will be bringing the camera this time, in fact I'll never leave it at home again. Last time I did I had Pine Grosbeak! AARRRGgghhhh!
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Old Monday 25th June 2007, 12:36   #207
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You should always leave your camera at home Alan - you'd get more time to spend doing drawings, and if they're all as good as these - phenominal!
Exquisite drawings of a very elusive creature (only ever seen and heard them at dusk, in flight).
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Old Monday 25th June 2007, 15:19   #208
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these sketches are absolutely brilliant, so much life in so few lines.
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Old Monday 25th June 2007, 15:41   #209
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I can only echo the what Tim and Nick have said
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Old Tuesday 26th June 2007, 04:57   #210
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Man, your sketches are so detailed and so impressive. You really capture a lot of information.
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Old Tuesday 26th June 2007, 09:08   #211
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Fantastic sketches Alan. I love the Nightjar eye close up.
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Old Tuesday 26th June 2007, 10:16   #212
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Great stuff Alan. What a great bird to get close to! I've yet to see nightjar. :-(

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Old Tuesday 26th June 2007, 18:17   #213
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I too take my hat off to those that can draw so good, I doodle a bit but they generally end up looking more like cheap effects from a 'B' monster movie
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Old Friday 29th June 2007, 16:36   #214
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Hi Alan,

I'm always late catching up with new stuff on this forum but have to say the sketches are amazing.

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Been a while. Have been sidetracked mainly by work, working through the summer covering holidays for others so I can have a nice September/October birding! Got out to angarn today and passage well on the way, looks like it is going to be a great year for waders like Curlew Sandpiper, Little stint, Ruff etc. Really high success rate at breeding this year and lots of birds moving now. Had lovely party of summer adult Curlew Sandpipers,posted below, some Little Stints, early juv posted below. Also Great flight views of Caspian Terns over the marsh, fab birds they are too.
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Old Monday 23rd July 2007, 15:29   #216
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More sketches from this morning. Green Sandpiper posted first, lots present today, along with Wood Sandpipers. Red Backed Shrike juveniles seemingly everywhere at this time of year, so co-operative you just have to stop and draw them! Wren scolding these constantly, may have had a late brood in the undergrowth. Juvenile Sedge Warbler was unusually cooperative for the species, very different bird to the darker adullts.
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it has been a while, but worth the wait, excellent as usual, but the green sand is particularly good, as is the wren.
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A few more. spotted Redshank, which flew away on me and is therefore incomplete, which was a shame as it was in moult and I wanted to get details on it. Ruff female which was confiding too, often waders are very shy here so nice to get some fairly close to you...
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The last few. Wheatear male, very quick sketch this one. Using A3 cartridge pad today which was brilliant as it encourages you to work freely and on a larger scale. Was not so bothered to finish drawings and got a lot more done than normal just sitting in one spot and drawing what came to me rather than running around looking for that better bird and not getting anything done! Lapwing male, also very rough and female Whinchat also.
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A few more. spotted Redshank, which flew away on me and is therefore incomplete, which was a shame as it was in moult and I wanted to get details on it. Ruff female which was confiding too, often waders are very shy here so nice to get some fairly close to you...
A big yes for the Spotted Red- I especially like that one.
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....and one more, Jackdaw juv which spent the morning annoying the hell out of its parents with the whole feed me now routine!
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these drawings are making me jealous!!
that wren is so full of character...
and the waders are fantastic
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Old Monday 23rd July 2007, 19:10   #223
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Buzzard this is some impressive work here. Love the spotted redshank, its a
real shame it didnt hang around.
Buzzard I checked out your blog spot and was also impressed with your
digiscoped images . I also use a Lieca 77 but dont get anything like
the quality your getting, wondering what I'm doin wrong?
keep showing the sketches they are top quality.
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Old Monday 23rd July 2007, 20:04   #224
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I commented too soon! There's more. Your observational skills are effing brilliant, I wish I could get the bird right with just one clean line as you do, top stuff.
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Old Monday 23rd July 2007, 21:13   #225
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Excellent portfolio of work Alan - absolutely stunning, the ruff is divine - love it - love the whole lot of them!
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