Monday, 16 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
After a late return from Minsmere last night, it was up and 5am and over to Lakenheath before work in the hope of seeing a White Stork reported on Hockwold Washes yesterday evening. Unfortunately no sign after a good search. Then my attention was diverted by this showy Grasshopper Warbler singing from a Sallow (good through the telescope).
Thankfully it reappeared over an hour later and showed for 20-25 minutes on the south scrape before flying off south over the Levels, and then toward the sea, not to be seen again. I decided to stay on until dark in case it re-appeared, but alas no sign. But there was still plenty to see - did these paint sketches of a Grey Plover and Black-headed Gulls in the evening light. Common birds are just as exciting as rare ones (although I suppose I wouldn't be feeling that way if I'd missed the Audouin's!).
Monday, 9 May 2011
Many thanks to Andy Clements for letting me get the first glimpse of this bird through his scope.
A host of other interesting birds in the vicinity too - Nightingale, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, plus Redshank, Shelduck and Black-headed Gulls flying over. The colours amazing in the evening light - could have done more paintings had there been more time...
I arrived at West Runton late in the day, and four minutes after arriving the wagtail flew off west, never to be seen again. Lucky I was switched on and focussed, and not complacent in assuming the bird would stay put. Fortunately it was just long enough to get some accurate lines down in my sketchbook
Here's the sketches made at the time; the watercolour was added while I was on location too.
Later I added a little more colour to the sketch, finishing what I didn't have time to do in the field...