Rook on stubble

 

Rook

 

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.

Bullfinch

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Bullfinch

The bullfinches in Humber Bridge Country park are used to people topping up the bird feeders to watch them up close. They do not disappoint. In our last visit up to three males and two females fed on sunflower seeds, barely a couple of meter away from us. I was quite pleased with the way the bullfinch eye came out in the painting.