Northern Gannet

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As far as anyone knows, the Northern Gannet that appeared on Southeast Farallon Island in 2012 is the first and ONLY one of its kind ever to appear in the Pacific. How he/she got here from the the North Atlantic is a mystery, but it seems he has settled in and will likely spend the rest of his life in this foreign ocean—alone. After four searches for the bird, I finally saw it yesterday with a boat load of delighted birders.

Western Pondhawk female 3

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I think the female Western Pondhawk portrait has been PARTIALLY saved from TOTAL failure. There are still a few things I would have done differently had I been thinking straight… Like the head and body relationship, wing and leg position… The branch… I guess that’s pretty much everything. Oh, well… somehow, I still, I like the way it looks and I can now move onto the next project.

Hammond’s Flycatcher 2 (to continue or not to continue…?)

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I’m looking at the unfinished Hammond’s Flycatcher portrait again after more almost three weeks. While I think the proportions are correct, I feel I focussed too much effort in that aspect and not enough in the position of the bird—the composition is a boring straight profile, and not very energetic. I may or may not continue with this particular drawing, but it’s still not decided.