From My Journal

I can’t claim to be much of an artist, but I have been known to make sketches in my journal when the mood takes me.  Sunday afternoon I was possessed by a desire to make ink sketches of the skimmers and oystercatchers I’ve managed to snap photos of recently.

Quick and dirty.  I just wanted to try my hand at capturing some of the different poses and angles.

Anyway, if I may blow my own horn for a moment – today a recent post of mine (this one) was featured on the official blog of the American Birding Association, in their semi-weekly bulletin “filter[ing] out some of the best of the recent blogosphere for the wider ABA audience.”  Between that and the very nice things that were said about this blog in the call for submissions to this month’s Festival of the Trees, I’m in danger of developing a swollen head!


When I started this job, I bought a little notebook of unlined paper to double as journal and sketchbook.  I can’t claim to be much of an artist; the only time in the past I’ve done anything resembling nature sketching was when I took ornithology in college and used drawings to record data on, say, feather maintenance behavior, and those were basically the bird equivalents of stick figures.

Yeah… obviously birds that are on the ground sitting relatively still are easier to draw than birds in flight.

Inanimate objects are much easier.