Sunday, December 11, 2011
Peek a boo: Tree Swallow
This little tree swallow is drawn from a photo we took in the Klamath Basin, Calif a spring or two ago. The birds were incubating. I watched from a distance for over an hour and was amazed at how often they changed places with each other. I assume they need to frequently take turns in oder to catch enough insects to keep their own reserves up ... or maybe they are just nervous Nellies. I know the babies hadn't hatched because no food was going in and no little poop sacs were coming out.
Drawn with a Pelikan xxxF nib customised for full flex by Richard Binder (www.richardspens.com) and Platinum Carbon ink. The pen is a joy! It takes a light touch to draw with. I tried a Noodler's flex pen first, but it seemed so stiff after working with good dip pens. A Gillott 290 dip nib behaves very much like this pen but the Gillott has a tad finer line and requires an open bottle of ink -- not handy for field sketching, but a whole lot cheaper!
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