How far will I go to paint birds?

Last year it was Senegal

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Laughing dove, Senegal. Watercolour, 30 cm x 30 cm 

But this year it was the Arctic!  I went to Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic, where in addition to Beluga whales and musk ox, I saw glaucous gulls, rough legged hawks (buzzards to the British!), lots of snow geese:

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Snow goose running, oil and canvas on linen, 60 cm x 60 cm 

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Snow goose nest, Somerset Island, lined with soft down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… snow buntings, pomerine skuas (jaegar to the Canadians), lapland longspur – which hovers singing like a lark, and scything across the sky, with arced wings and long trailing tail, long tailed skuas (also jaegar to the Canadians ….).

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The lovely long tailed skua, oil and gesso on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm

Unlike the Arctic Skuas which I have seen in the Shetlands, which are very aggressive, none of these birds get very angry at people straying near their nests, presumably because it is such a big empty country, so much more room ….

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The lovely Arctic poppies

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