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Old Friday 20th August 2010, 15:56   #126
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Of course we like Andy!! But, cuckoos and skuas....hmmm far too similar to falcons I'm afraid so gotta draw a passerine next The colour cuckoo is top stuff!!
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Old Friday 20th August 2010, 16:01   #127
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HaHa . Yeah ,I hadn't even given it much thought but your sooooo right. Ok next will be some passerines promise
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Excellent - and not passerines in the claws of raptors of course!!
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Old Friday 20th August 2010, 17:51   #129
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Old Friday 20th August 2010, 21:13   #130
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An incredible set of sketches Andy. And thanks to Ads for committing you to more passerines (that aren't raptor-held).
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Stunning as always. If I have to stop for my daughter to have a wee it has to be the services these days; She's 14!

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Wonderful tern sketches Andy and the Skua and Hobby are frosting on the cake! Unlikely I'll ever score a Skua here in far inland US but we have had sightings of several Parasitic Jaegers (close to skuas) lately here in Montana. Haven't had a chance yet to chase one down.
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Sid, Parasitic Jaegers are what you bizarrely (!) call Arctic Skuas on your side on the pond!! Doesn't slip off the tongue for me I'm afraid.....
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Old Saturday 21st August 2010, 19:43   #134
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Just feasted my envious eyes on the terns, skua and hobby sketches - simply superb. These have it all -grace, poise, lovely flowing lines without a duffer in sight (perhaps these have been erased ah, ah....). Without fawning too much, these are some of the best flight studies I've ever seen.

As ridiculous as it sounds, drawing of this standard, of which there is plenty on BF, does give me something to aim for!

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Sid, Parasitic Jaegers are what you bizarrely (!) call Arctic Skuas on your side on the pond!! Doesn't slip off the tongue for me I'm afraid.....
Just the one and same, Sid. But the Am name is one I can get to grips with, the bird being the ultimate klepto-parasite - and I aways had a penchant for Jaeger as a name . . . . unlike 'loon' . . ., which just sounds abusive.
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I'm very cheered up with all this!

Wydrzyk Ostrosterny is Polish for this Jaeger. Congrats on getting the sketches!

That Kukulka is amazing!

I remember a light-phase Wydrzyk Ostrosterny hiding behind the loafing gulls on the common at Portland Bill. It was watching the weak in front of it. Waiting for well fed newcomers to harass. A wolf amongst the sheep. Very clever!

Andrew...all this is SO BRILLIANT! Thanks!
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I'm very cheered up with all this!

Wydrzyk Ostrosterny is Polish for this Jaeger.
Nice one Phil - any chance of putting up a phonetic for this, please?
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I looked these up in my bird book for Western States and they show the the P Jaeger and Skua as different birds, the J has a couple of longer tail feathers.

I'm not sure I've ever seen either one.
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I looked these up in my bird book for Western States and they show the the P Jaeger and Skua as different birds, the J has a couple of longer tail feathers.

I'm not sure I've ever seen either one.
Still the same animal, Colleen; the arctic skua (pj) has two long central retrices which are regularly held together forming the most graceful of back-ends. These tail feathers can vary markedly in length from individual to individual and are absent from juvenile birds;
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Just for you Ads, A couple of whinchat that were on the Moor edge yesterday. I even went brave and put some colour in!!!
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Fantastic bird ...fantastic sketching....brilliant. mark
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Just for you Ads, A couple of whinchat that were on the Moor edge yesterday. I even went brave and put some colour in!!!
Very nice Andrew. They're alive and full of character.
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Those Whinchats sent me back into the archives to look for something similar that I'd really enjoyed in the past ....... Moussier's Redstart;

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=91077&page=2

and then I found this thread too;

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=91642

Awesome threads!

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Nice Andy!! I like chats! The alert one is spot on - and the colour wash works extremely well!! Still kept expecting to see the slim outline of a distant raptor up top though....
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Nice one Phil - any chance of putting up a phonetic for this, please?

Wydrzyk Ostrosterny?

Vudzhuk Ost-roz-terr-nuh.
(Stress on penultimate syllable.)

Those Whinchats are scrummy Andrew!

Far better than good!
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springy-winged terns - a lesser person would have been completely fazed by their clippy action, superb work! Then a right royal treat of cuckoo and whinchat.
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to me the wins hit it all for a perfect sketch book page, several well defined views, beautiful accurate color and a over all environment sketch to define the territory.....like perfect!
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to me the wins hit it all for a perfect sketch book page, several well defined views, beautiful accurate color and a over all environment sketch to define the territory.....like perfect!
I couldn't agree more!

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Whinchats are fantastic, Andrew. A fave species of mine, but the corking spring males are rare - it's more often a case of juvs/1st winters in the autumn.
From viewing it in cyberspace I would have no hesitation in sticking it on my wall.

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Whinchats are fantastic, Andrew. A fave species of mine, but the corking spring males are rare - it's more often a case of juvs/1st winters in the autumn.
From viewing it in cyberspace I would have no hesitation in sticking it on my wall.

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But juv Whinchats are absolute corkers too! Beautiful scaly-backed things - so much better than the tatty failed breeders and unpaired birds that linger around this area. (Of course, spring males are absolute stunners too!)
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