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Russell Boland
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Ruff and Ready
My last effort to portray this species was, eh, crap! Too ambitious and nowhere  near convincing, so it was case of  'must do better'! I've tried to get back to keeping things simpler and this time I feel the bird does resemble the species it should be. Per...

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Daylight Fading
Well. I've decided to name my posts after appropriate songs, as it's easy! A Counting Crows number was chosen for this one. This thrush (guess the species?) was perched up ready for roosting one early evening a few weeks ago. Scoped from my study window wit...

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Spring Is In The Air
Sorry, couldn't think of a more fancy title for this one. Jonsson would have named it something suitably evocative and obviously got away with it! Basically it's just a Gadwall with its arse in the air, but something of a victory for me as it's something si...

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One For Sorrow
It ought to be one for joy, really! I've just got the nod from Spurn Wildlife Group that they're interested in using a pic or two for their report. Thanks to Jack Ashton Booth for showing interest in my fledgling illustrating career. Hopefully there will be...

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Draughts
Hardly a species to get the heart racing, but the drakes do make fine subjects and are always around as practice pieces. And if you have enough tufties on your patch it's always worth scanning through them for a 'rare'. My ducks have never been much kop - i...

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The Boss
I'm partial to a bit of Springsteen, particularly The Rising album. I'm also partial to Great Black-backed Gulls! I don't tend to see many loafing around at Old Moor whilst sketching, so this adult was a welcome change. Impressive beasties, these, and I ver...

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Balance!
One of my favourite common subjects in a pose I couldn't resist! This bird conveniently took up a one-legged stance just in front of the family hide at Old Moor. The challenge was to tackle the fore-shortening effect of a near head-on pose. Not perfect but ...

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Got It Covered!
Bang goes my intent to update my blog every two weeks! Inclement weather and internet demons have recently put paid to this! Here's a double bill to hopefully get me back on track! It's been an ambition to produce something to adorn a bird report cover for ...

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Return To The Steppe
So to keep up my intention of posting no more infrequently than a fortnight (or so!) here's another piece worked up from my Kazakhstan trip a couple of years ago. Sociable Lapwing was the target bird for me, having dipped on them in Gujarat, albeit unknowin...

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Desperate For A Butchers
Hands up who doesn't get excited about these? Thought so. GGS's have provided me with some of my best birding memories - especially when I've blundered into them myself! Re-finding one at Barrow Tip in the Worsbrough Valley in April 1990, and then finding o...
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