King of the castle

Crows mobbing common gullThe top of the church’s roof is a coveted vantage point. There is often a gull or a crow on it, more rarely a Mistle Thrush. This pair of Carrion Crows yesterday wanted to sit on it, but the Common Gull was standing her ground and only flew away after several dive bombs, as one of the crows literally sat on top of it.


Rook on stubble




I love corvids, and it is hard not to love Rooks: full of personality, almost comical looks – with their long trousers and pointed head – and constant coarse calls. I sketched this one this evening, using oil and pencil settings with a limited colour palette in my Wacom tablet.

Grey wagtail

Grey WagtailThe end of september and early october is the easiest time of the year to come across a Grey Wagtail in my area. Today we encountered this one feeding by the side of an outdoor swimming pool used for kayak training in the middle of the city. They are very fond of water, their little sprints to catch insects by the edge of the water line with their long tails bobbing up and down constantly, and their intensely brimstone yellow undertail coverts, contrasting with the paler belly makes them easy to identify.