Nine times out of ten these doodles would involve wildlife in some form and another. Not only did these drawings help waste time but they would hone drawing techniques and kept styles fresh in my head for when I put pen or pencil to paper for real.
The following doodle was one I did for Johan Nilsson (just another cracking Swede from a country that seems to only produce nice people) as a leaving gift to wish him the best of luck after he spent a season studying Starlings on Fair Isle during the summer of 2010.
Johan Nilsson (fully clothed)
The sketch depicts him on one of his daily jogs (usually always half naked).....however this jog was like no other.
Unbeknown to him he was being watched by most of the birding fraternity on Fair Isle, well when I say watched I mean he was more of a naked blur in the periphery of people's optics whilst they watched a Hoopoe/Harfagel and he ran down the road.
Before we knew it we were watching a Hoopoe-less dyke and had full frame views of a bewildered Johan wondering why a group of Brits were watching him through binoculars and scopes jogging half nude!
It materialised that Johan was unaware of the Hoopoe and hadn't even realised he had flushed it. Fortunatley for everyone watching and for Johan the bird was relocated the next day and was well watched by everyone including a now fully clothed Johan!
I can't help but feel sorry for the Hoopoe and would love to know what it was thinking when it looked up and saw Johan coming down the hill towards it in hot pants (not so hot pants if you have 60x eyepiece).........no wonder it relocated to Shetland!