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Old Wednesday 27th August 2008, 11:01   #76
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Here's the problem Nuthatch and also another Hummingbird.
What does everyone think of the Nuthatch???
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Another wonderful swift, truly an astral being amongst birds. Yes, the universe is a wonderful thing to look at, I was watching a partial eclipse of the moon last week in Italy, with a few shooting stars aswell - I was sat outside for hours that night.
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and the nuthatch is a great success, I'd never have thought you'd had a problem with it looking at this result, and the hummer is a beauty.
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Old Wednesday 27th August 2008, 13:30   #79
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Another wonderful swift, truly an astral being amongst birds. Yes, the universe is a wonderful thing to look at, I was watching a partial eclipse of the moon last week in Italy, with a few shooting stars aswell - I was sat outside for hours that night.
I missed that Nick! It was so cloudy here in England, i couldnt see a thing and that was the best view of a Lunar eclipse until December 2010! Lucky you sounds like you saw the annual Persied meteor shower to. I missed the lot, amateur astronomy is a fickle hobby
And yes Swifts have certainly acended beyond other birds i think.

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and the nuthatch is a great success, I'd never have thought you'd had a problem with it looking at this result, and the hummer is a beauty.
Cheers Nick, im glad it all came out well and im glad the hummers good.
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Old Wednesday 27th August 2008, 21:27   #80
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Some lovely use of colours in these two Sam, the peachy orange in the hummer pic is particularly yummy! Great little bird too and I agree with Nick on the nuthatch.

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Old Thursday 28th August 2008, 10:22   #81
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Thanks very much Mike, i like the use of that word 'yummy'
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Splendid job with the nuthatch Sam - really worked out well and the hummer is beautifully composed and executed. Love the character and the colours. Nice!
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Old Thursday 28th August 2008, 21:08   #83
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I'll just second third and forth what other's have said. Besides, two of my favorite birds (though I think I've got around 100 or so faves) and portrayed with such grace. :)

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Old Friday 29th August 2008, 11:30   #84
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Thanks Tim, Thanks Elina
I know what you mean about having loads of favourite birds.
I have so many i have lost count!
Im going to experiement with blending different pastles for a more vibrant background more often!
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Old Friday 29th August 2008, 11:42   #85
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Sam, I've just found this thread of yours!!! It has been a lovely surprise to find you have a cosy art-corner of yourself here in BF, where everybody can admire your sketches and drawings!!!

I wish I had more time to be in the Wildlife Art section! I only visit it from time to time, but every time I come here I leave delighted! This time you've provided me the pleasure! Thanks a million for being here!!!
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Old Saturday 30th August 2008, 09:05   #86
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Thanks Marian, it's great to see you in the art section to, i did'nt know you hung out here!
Yes, this little thread is my home-away-from-home when im not in the gallery (as you know) it features some of the stuff i wouldnt normally put in the gallery, such as pencil sketches, unfinished projects ect
I also come here to ask advice from people who are way more talented than me!
Thanks for dropping by Marian, i hope to hear from you again soon....
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Sam,
Haven't been on in a while, glad I decided to make your thread a "fly-by". Two more beauties you have here. The Nuthatch has that mixture of curiosity and pugnaciousness (is that a word) to it that I see in them. And the hummer is great, love the colors and the background on him.
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Old Sunday 31st August 2008, 10:06   #88
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Thanks Lisa, i think thats the right word
Im planning on doing mor hummingbirds, lots more North American species.
By the way can i ask if that's a Luicifer Hummiingbird on your Avatar???
Thank you for your wonderful comment
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Sam,
Yes, he is a Lucifer. I am extremely lucky to live by one of the very few places he comes to in the states. I have some others of the same fellow (I think), in my gallery:

http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...0/ppuser/39270

http://www.birdforum.net/gallery/sho...4/ppuser/39270

and if you want to see how territorial they are at the feeder, I posted this series in the hummingbird forum last spring:
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=111052

I definitely don't have the skill a lot of our photographers do (and definitely no artistic skill like you and some of the other artists we have), but I enjoy posting the pictures when I have time.
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Old Monday 1st September 2008, 07:58   #90
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Your picture's are amazing Lisa! Im going to re-create your handsome little guy for you on paper, look out for him in the gallery soon
You are sooo lucky to have Hummingbirds in your wonderful country, i will be looking at the Hummer forum more often. Thanks for the inspiration
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Sam, that would be fantastic, I'm sure he will come alive in your very artistic hands. You have a deft touch with all your birds, and especially hummingbirds.
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Old Wednesday 10th September 2008, 14:40   #92
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Lisa, here he is, i hope i did him justice...
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HI Sam , already commented on this little cracker elsewhere
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Oooh, pretty! The colors shine! Just look at the feathers on the throat.

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pretty pretty pretty! Love it!
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Smashing little bird, delicate rendering and more delicious colour; a beauty!

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Smashing painting Sam - really caught it well. Superb.
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Sam,
I am simply in awe. You've really caught the little fellow - the curve to his bill and the purple on his gorget! He's wonderful. The curved bill is his most distinctive features, he's the only hummer in this area to have it.
You've rendered him better than any photo of a Lucifer I've ever seen.
Wonderful!
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Thanks Nick, Elis, Arthur (again), Mike, Tim and Lisa!
It was a great joy to paint such a wonderful and elusive Hummer, do you think you will ever meet him in Arizona again Lisa?
Many thanks everyone for you inspirational comments, i really do appreciate them
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Sam,
I think I will. I'm not sure why but there is a group that has been coming up to the Huachuca Mountains every spring for the last few years to breed. This year the owner of the B&B where we find them counted at least three males and I think a couple of females. For some reason they really like Mary Jo's yard. Lucifers are still extremely rare any where else in Arizona except Ash Canyon B&B. I am soooo lucky!
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