Birds at Welney wetlands, Cambridgeshire – 1

3"x4" Pencil and watercolour

Last Wednesday went to this bird reserve with my friend Dave Chandler who is ace on birds and has written several books. He seems to be able to identify anything with wings. He wanted to start drawing and I am always ready to learn about birds. This is the head of a Whooper swan, one of the three British swans. There are thousands at Welney at the moment, so it wasn’t too difficult to find a model in the right position. Still a challenge though since they’re moving around in the feeding area, and close up they’re actually all slightly different.

If you want to learn about painting birds simply Google “John Busby”. He’s the tops

~ by noelgarner on February 5, 2011.

4 Responses to “Birds at Welney wetlands, Cambridgeshire – 1”

  1. I like the simplicity of this sketch. Hope to see some more.

  2. Love it.

  3. Your watercolor sketches of birds have so much personality! Really wonderful to look at.

  4. Perfectly understated. Thanks for the tip on John Busby. I looked him up. Terrific work.

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