“Cape Sable” Seaside Sparrow

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I needed to refer to photographs to make this portrait of the “Cape Sable” Seaside Sparrow we saw in the Everglades. We were in position, just beyond Mahogany Hammock by 8:00A and listened for the birds’ Red-winged Blackbird-esque song. We watched several males at a good distance as they perched high in the saw grass. Mosquitos were pretty bad that morning, but the worst insect experience was definitely at the Gumbo Limbo trail…

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American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt

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These sleeping birds, American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt were drawn from life as part of a presentation I gave at Sequoia Audubon on field sketching. The drawings are very loose and gestural. I think they serve an important purpose in getting birders recognize structural differences and learn more specifics about markings.