How far will I go to paint birds?

Last year it was Senegal

Laughing Dove

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:


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


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 ….).


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 ….


The lovely Arctic poppies

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