Friday, January 18, 2008

Visitors from Up North

Redpolls are at home in the boreal forest, and occasionally migrate sout for the winter. This is the first year of seen them; they like the niger seed and feed with the goldfinches.
Unlike the mourning doves who are always willing to pose for a picture, these redpolls were moving targets. I had, at most, 60 seconds to scratch down my initial sketch. I finished the sketch from memory, while hoping they would return so I could fill in the details, but they stayed away for the remainder of the day. With the help of a collection of birding guides (none of which depicted the back of the bird) much guessing ensued.
Prismacolor pencil crayon on paper.

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