Sketching birds at 4am


Waiting for the dawn chorus to begin - pencil 4"x7"

Waiting for the dawn chorus to begin - pencil 4"x7"

Judy and I were up at 2.30am this morning to go with friends Dave and Ruth and their girls to the local Milton Country Park to hear the start of the dawn chorus – that moment when the silence of the ending night is broken by birds breaking into song. Here we are standing around in the gloaming in total silence wondering if anything was going to happen. And then almost like a light switch being turned on, at 3.50am precisely, the birds started to sing: Reed Warbler, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Blackcap, Great Crested Grebe, Turtle Dove, Woodpigeon, Chiff chaff, Magpie, Rook, Green Woodpecker, Coot, Song Thrush. All heard though not all seen. Marvellous. We are not good at birds, but Dave is, and we are grateful – as always – when he shares his ornithological expertise.

In Milton Country Park -pencil

In Milton Country Park -pencil

I was hoping for an opportunity to sketch some birds, seeing as I was given a bird-sketching book for Christmas. It’s a big challenge for the obvious reasons that birds tend to keep their distance and keep moving. I sketched the swan as it swamp slowly up to my feet. And the Great Crested Grebe was sketched while looking at it x20 through Dave’s spotter telescope. Easier than I thought actually; perhaps a measure of the quality of the telescope.

Swan - pencil 3"x4"

Swan - pencil 3"x4"

Great Crested Grebe 2"x3" - pencil

Great Crested Grebe 2"x3" - pencil

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~ by noelgarner on June 6, 2009.

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