The best way to spend a Friday night in?
Last Friday night Hazel was out for a work function – so what how did I spend my night in…. Sketching!!
I was working on an illustration for a client – more on that later, but you can see the animal I was researching for this project! Also I was planning designs for next month as we have World Wildlife Day coming up and Easter!! What could I possible draw for these this year..?!
All this was accompanied by cookies, drink in a Tidbinbilla stubby cooler, and using my trusty Norwich City pencil – bliss!
4 things I learnt from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count
For the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October I chose to do it in my lunchtimes at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane. I recorded four days and each day I learnt something and here’s what they were:
1. The native minor was more prevalent then I first thought. I see them a lot but when you start counting you realise just how many you see in 30 minutes. Which is a bit sad as these little territorial birds bully away other species so unfortunately there wasn’t as great a range of birds that I am sure the reserve could allow.
2. I need to know my bird calls. Just when I thought that I knew enough bird calls, I was wrong. I must be able to recognise around half a dozen, but each day there were around 2 or 3 calls I did not know.
3. Focus! One day I got carried away wondering whether a lump on a tree was a koala or a termite nest. I must have wondered for five minutes and missed a bird or two…
4. I miss emus. Haven’t seen a wild emu since I worked at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra. Beautiful birds.
Unfortunately tomorrow is my last working day at Tidbinbilla, and as you can see from my picture, I have packed up all my things to take home with me!
In the middle of the car park at work is a patch of grass and I love how kangaroos choose to be on it out of all the grass in the reserve.