As its Easter I thought I would upload some watercolours of one of my favourite things in the world: The ROBIN...I know its a stupidly common species but they are outrageously stunning in all respects. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing rare birds but would much rather have a fall of robins on the east coast any day than anything else.
One of my other major passions is the nest of birds and their nestlings so thought I would combine the two in my art. I find them as equally as beautiful and mesmerising than the birds that build them and loved every minute of painting a hen robin incubating her eggs and a robin chick I ringed a couple of years ago at Spurn.
I can remember speaking to a good friend of mine about compiling a field/reference guide for finding nests for ringers the purposes of ringing the nestlings so If anyone is planning on publishing one or would love to in the future I would be more than happy to illustrate the plates and decorate the pages regarding such a fascinating part of the natural history of birds. It would be amazing!
Please note that the Adult bird was painted from a web cam video and the chick was removed from the nest whilst i was ringing it having received the appropriate licence to do so.
All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence, with certain exceptions to intentionally:
Kill, injure or take any wild bird.
Take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. Take or destroy the egg of any wild bird.
Have in one's possession or control any wild bird (dead or alive) or any part of a wild bird which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954.
Have in one's possession or control any egg or part of an egg which has been taken in contravention to the Act. This includes items taken or killed before the passing of the Act.
Disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird!!!!!