Bobolink 2

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Bobolink study #2. I like this pose, but structure and proportions still need work, I know. The head, for example is probably raised too high, and that bill… Oh well, I’ve got more paper. Did I mention that we loved seeing this bird do its incredible aerial song and display…? It’s wings were all stiff and fluttery—nevery raising above its shoulders. And the males seemed to be positively screaming their impossible, wirey songs. Unreal!

Bobolink 1

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Another quick study from our Michigan/Massachusetts trip this summer—Bobolink. I love this bird, and was so happy to see it in abundance during our trip. I look forward to refining this portrait. The male’s courtship display and song are astonishing.