Silhouetted redshank


What a pose this redshank struck with a strong tailwind ruffling its feathers and giving the impression of upending the bird.  An altogether charming sight.


I settled down one afternoon to watch this group of redshank and pair of black-headed gulls. The redshank were backlit by the afternoon sun which outlined their shape and eliminated detail . . .  sometimes it is better not to see every feather.


These sketches were done using ultramarine, cadmium red (mixed together they give a wonderfully powerful black-brown) plus yellow ochre and cobalt turquoise light.



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