Musings for the Month.

 With the Lion painting taking up most of my time off work,and looking after the mischievous little puppy that we are looking after at the moment, I was only able to watch the wildlife from the window. Until a neighbour came round with a Elephant Hawkmoth he had found. I took some photos then placed it among the garden shrubs for it to feed. Such a weird looking thing but what a beauty they turn into.

 On one day I took some time to watch the butterflies around the Buddleia to the front of our house, highlight was a Painted Lady, but in total I watched 7 species feeding away.

And finally to the last painting I have completed "The Lion".

The Zebra

 My latest watercolour painting, The Zebra. I had wanted to paint this for some time and finally got round to it. As per norm I started with the eye, it took a few attempts before I was happy with the result and could move on with the rest.

The finished piece, with a charcoal mount.
(photo taken whilst in glass frame)

The Osprey & The Bee-eater

 The Osprey
The Bee-eater
Two new watercolour paintings completed. View my Artwork Blog for all my paintings.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth.

 A few days ago my dad phoned me to say he had just seen a Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding in his garden. At the time we were having new decking and grass laid in the rear garden so I kept an eye on the plants to see if they were around our way. Sure enough as 3 of us were talking next to a Honeysuckle bush, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth hovered directly in front of us feeding away. I edged away and ran for the camera, but alas it had departed seconds later. But I knew one was visiting the garden and so I would keep an eye out for it's return.
 Over the next couple of days I saw it return but it never stayed longer than a few seconds, until late in the day I noticed it feeding on a favourite pink flower (name of plant not known) I knew it would feed longer on this plant and so rushed off to get the camera and as hoped for, it was still feeding away and so I was able to grab a few shots before the light and the moth went away. What a tricky moth to photograph, it was so fast moving from flower to flower. It was that close at times I could hear the rapid wing beat vibrations, such a lovely little moth and always a welcome sight in the garden.

New Painting Added to Artwork Blog.

The Tiger
New painting added to my Artwork Blog.
Click on the link with the Great grey owl.

Golden Eagle Added.

My latest painting, The Golden Eagle.
Click on the Owl link to view my Artwork including this latest piece.

Chilling out in Norfolk.

It seems so long ago now when Sarah and I spent a few days in Norfolk. We travelled up on the Sunday 14th June, and after a fairly dry but very grey drive up the clouds actually started to clear! We arrived around midday and sorted our gear and some food shopping out then hit the coast. First we drove to Blakeney as Sarah had noticed signs for a antique's fair at the hall, so I relented and took her along. With a touch of blue in the sky we decided to head to Cley. We had already decided to walk to Blakeney Point the next day, Monday, and try and connect with the Blyth's Reed Warbler and Paddyfield Warbler there, but due to our position along the coast and the weather I couldn't resist to go for the nearest one at least! And so we got to the Cley beach car park and set off for the Halfway House. Twenty minutes later we joined the group of birders looking for the Blyth's Reed Warbler, this was a new species for me and Sarah and thankfully we didn't have long to wait before it flew from one area to another. We managed a few flight views before the weather started to really darken and look ominous. Deciding it was probably better to return to the car before the rain started rather than slog it to the point for the Paddyfield we headed back. How the hell we missed the flyby Laughing Gull I do not know, I was probably concentrating on being able to move one foot ahead of the next on the shingle that I was oblivious to anything else! That walk out and back always gets you, and this time it was only half of it!!
At least I had seen one of the birds and there was always tomorrow. Once back at the car the rain started and got worse as the evening went on. The next morning dawned bright and lovely, and we headed straight to Cley Beach and set off, well your'e probably guessing how the story progresses already and yes sure enough there turned out to be no sign of either bird, the highlight being 2 Wheatear at the point, I wished I'd gotten soaked the day before now.
Still never mind I was in Norfolk to chill and relax and that's what we did, I love nothing more than sitting on the beach and just watching the sea and anything that should fly past. On one day we took a drive to Narborough for the Marsh Warbler, and guess what it didn't show or even sing! So back to the coast to chill. On our return journey we had to pass through near Narborough heading towards the A11 and so I tried for an hour to see if the Marsh Warbler would give itself up just one time for me, and this time I got lucky, it was singing it's little heart out and even though it only gave itself up as it flew into the reeds I was more than happy to just listen to it's song.