Monday, January 24, 2011

Ink Sketches

A couple of pages from my sketchbook of 2007. At the end of October a birding friend arrived at my door breathless to say he had just found a Dusky Warbler, a very rare bird from Asia, just down the road from my house. This was a bird I had never seen before and in my hurry to see it, just grabbed the sketchbook and a black pen. I have to say I liked the results, with a pen you just have to go for it and not worry too much about the results. After watching the Dusky for several hours, walked back to my house along a narrow lane, when my eye was caught by a small warbler flitting around. It turned out to be another rarity, though not with quite the same status , a Pallas's Warbler from Siberia.

Dusky Warbler.


  1. I am so glad to see that you are a contributer of sketches here. I would love to learn to do field sketches. If I was watching life bird I would probably be too excited to sketch. Lucky that the birds stuck around long enough for you to get some sketches. Congrats on the lifer. Both of these birds would be lifers for me.

  2. What a wonderful sketching day, Phil! These have such a sense of life.

  3. ... a lovely batch of sketches ... I like all the poses you tackled.


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