Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas break?

 Have had little time in the field since I finished college for christmas. After a failed search for some waxwings, I sat down to check the gulls. No sign of anything strange so I spent some time sketching the black-heads as they were fed by the locals. Have had med and glaucous gulls here in the past and an adult ring-billed gull last march so I always check when I am passing.
In a small patch of scrub I found a chiffchaff, it looked and sounded good for a siberian, but just wouldn't give itself up. It was still there the following afternoon, but not seen on subsequent checks. Fingers crossed it will turn up again.

 Black-headed gulls, Goldenbridge luas stop, Drimnagh.
 Upland Sandpiper study.
Dropped into the Natural History museum for a look around after finishing the christmas shopping. Despite having a few projects due by the end of January, I am already looking forward to the next one where I get to make up the brief. Have a few ideas, waders in flight or harrier id plates being the two favoured options at the moment.


  1. I'm absolutely amazed by your sketches. So natural, simplistic, and immediate!

  2. Suscribo las palabras de Mans. Estoy asombrado por sus dibujos.

  3. Thank you for the comments, my sketches are usually quite slow, lightly sketched and refined with heavier and more definate lines as I watch the birds for longer periods.