Friday Night In with Sketchbook!

Friday night in with sketch book

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

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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.