Get your copy of the 2010 Spurn Bird Observatory Report which is out now!
If you are at Spurn this weekend and you want to buy a copy, you can find them at the YWT visitor centre or at Kew Villa for £8.
Or simply become a friend of Spurn by visiting the friends of Spurn page http://www.spurnbirdobservatory.co.uk/friends.html for more details and to download a form or see Paul Collins or Andy Roadhouse at Kew.
I would like to congratulate Andy Roadhouse and Chris Gaughan for compiling another masterpiece of a report and to send my indisputable admiration to Ray Scally and John Grist (The Watercolour Genie) whose artwork in the report never fails to inspire me
Here is a preview of my artwork that can be found in the report and the art I did whilst working up to the pieces I wanted in the report:
Ad.Winter Plumage Slavonian Grebe (Biro)
Adult with Juvenile Brent Geese, Long Bank (Soft Watercolour Pencil)
Brent Geese (bernicla, hrota and nigricans) a Spurn Speciality , ps. not one of my specialities! (Pen and Pencil Crayon)
Black Brant nigricans on the Humber at New Road(Pen and Pencil Crayon)
Gestural Branta Medley and Spurn Peninsula (soft watercolour pencil)
More Composition ideas
Common Buzzard kettle with a single Marsh Harrier (top left corner) over Spurn (Soft Watercolour Pencil).
Just one of several kettles to be observed at what has to be Britain's very own Falsterbo! This one was 14 strong...incredible place and incredible birds!
Bee-eater with a drove of Swifts,(watercolour and Gouache) undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Spurn year is the swift passage and I have many an amazing memory of the big swift days at spurn (despite missing the day of the Little and Pacific Swift!). This painting depicts one particular drove that was carrying a Bee-eater as they moved south along the peninsula ahead of a front! ONLY AT SPURN.........Magical!
Lapland Buntings (very quick sketch in Sepia Ink)
After a massive year nationally for this species they inevitably had to feature in the report. I wanted to capture the panic of a flock flushed by one of the local foxes on the cliff edge on the North Sea side near Sandy Beaches Caravan Park. To encapsulate the panic/alert in the birds the sketch had to be done in haste so ink was the perfect medium and my favourite!