Feathers on Friday

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I apologize for missing FoF last week. To make up for that, here’s a photo of a female Purple Finch at my feeders from a few weeks ago,

Nikon D610, handheld, f5.6, 1/320, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-500mm, natural light

Nikon D610, handheld, f5.6, 1/320, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-500mm, natural light

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Feathers on Friday

If you would like to join me for my Feathers on Friday meme, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I’ll add the link to my post.

This female Purple Finch was taking a drink from our birdbath on a rainy day earlier this week,

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:: Here’s an entry from babsje at Great Blue Herons for Feathers on Friday, remembering an encounter from several years ago: Three of us Fishing – Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour. Thank you for joining in!

Wild Bird Wednesday: Purple Finches

I’ve see two pairs of Purple Finches coming to my feeders very regularly this Spring and it’s always so nice to see them around. Their song is so beautiful and I hope they stay throughout the Summer!

Today, I’m linking up with Stewart for his Wild Bird Wednesday. So, be sure to read through all the other bloggers’ posts with their wild birds.

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Learning to Draw Birds

I’d like to get better at drawing birds, for better field sketches among other reasons. So I’ve been sketching some practice drawings, like the ones below.

My first sketch of a Black-capped Chickadee, I’m not sure if I will finish it,

A drawing of a male Purple Finch I haven’t finished yet,

I decided I needed some help, and started looking online for some book and blog suggestions, because we live about three hours away from the nearest city where I could find a class. I found some very good blog posts by John Muir Laws — including “Drawing Birds” — and then learned that Mr. Law has a book coming out in September, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds to be published by Heyday Books, with a foreword by David Allen Sibley (whose bird drawings I like so much I have several of his posters in my room). It sounds wonderful and I can’t wait for it to be published.

Since that book won’t be out for several months, some other books about drawing birds I’ve been looking at are Drawing Birds with Colored Pencils by Kaaren Poole, and Drawing Birds by John Busby. I’m going to see if I can find them at the library so I can decide whether they would be worth buying. Mostly, I think, I need to practice and stop being afraid of drawing a bird even if the picture isn’t perfect. But I think a good book or two would be very helpful.

Do you have any suggestions for drawing birds, field sketching, or books or blog posts that could help me? Thank you!

Feathers on Friday

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I noticed last Sunday that we have a pair of Purple finches. The last time we had Purple finches they stayed for a day and then left. I took these pictures yesterday, and they are still at the feeder today so I am glad they’ve  stayed for more than one day.

The male Purple finch eating sunflower seeds,

The female Purple finch eating sunflower seeds,