Freitag, Juli 06, 2018

Harpy eagle drawing in stages

Harpy eagles belong to my favorite raptors, and I feel lucky to have sketched and painted them again and again in both Berlin and Nürnberg zoos. I didn`t have the chance to visit Nürnberg this year yet, but there is a lot of video footage I took last year, and enabled me to do this study using various fineliners.Here they are the various stages

Dienstag, Juni 26, 2018

Nymphenburg park-Study of a new owl

 Once again a Tawny owl life study, but this time a of new one. I didn`t spot it myself but a photographer , a regular visitor of the park. Painted in Acryla Gouache

Me while painting the latest Tawny owl in the park. (photo credit: Birgit Hilz)

Donnerstag, Juni 21, 2018

New Tawny owl study

A new life study of the Tawny owl called "Michael" , painted on location in Nymphenburg park yesterday in the morning.Watercolours

Donnerstag, Juni 14, 2018

Steller`s sea eagle-Wildpark Poing

Steller`sea eagle , painted today in the morning in Wildpark Poing. My first ever life study of this bird in watercolours.

Dienstag, Juni 12, 2018

Red footed falcon illustration

Red footed falcon pair. The last illustration, of my contribution to the new European breeding bird Atlas EBBA 2.Painted in Acryla Gouache. . I feel honoured to be part of this huge project! Check out the Facebook page, and find more informations about sponsoring at…/ebba2-species-sponsorship/

Montag, Juni 11, 2018

Red kite juvenile( life study)

A Red kite juv. sketched today in the morning close to its nest, using a telescope. (southern Bavaria). This is my first ever study of a "wild" Red kite

Samstag, Juni 09, 2018

Domestic dove breeding

It was few days ago, when we came back from holidays, and found to our surprise a dove breeding in an empty pot at our balcony.Because I didn`t want to disturb , I was watching them from the Kitchen window using binoculars, and managed to do a couple of studies.Meanwhile the doves are gone since yesterday, the eggs also, and I pressume that one of the many crows around was the thief...

Sonntag, Juni 03, 2018

Fieldwork done in Greece during Holidays

I`m just back from a 10 days holiday trip to Greece visiting family and friends. I didn`t manage to do a lot of fieldwork since it was a family holiday. The only available time I had, were only the very early day hours...

Freitag, Mai 18, 2018

Eurasian eagle owl study

A eurasian eagle owl calling. Study based on video I took last week at Wildpark Poing, close to Munich where I live. Trying to develop a new field sketching method, combining sepia, black and grey fineliners

Donnerstag, Mai 17, 2018

Tawny owl chicks-speedy study

It has been a rainy week and wasn`t possible to go outdoors for several days. The weather forecast wasn`t very promising either, but I decided to challenge my luck and didn`t regret it. Two of the owlets were sitiing together up on the tree ,looking with curious eyes to me .I was glad to be able to finish this study despite the light rain.

Sonntag, Mai 13, 2018

Eleonora`s falcon illustration

In the meantime I managed to complete one more illustration for the new European breeding bird atlas EBBA 2.An Eleonora`s falcon pair of both colour phases painted using Acryla Gouache. Find more informations at and about sponsoring at…/ebba2-species-sponsorship/

Freitag, Mai 11, 2018

Monochromatic Tawny owl studies

Actually I was planning to do a couple a Tawny owl youngster studies, but since they were hiding themselves on the top of the trees, I decided to leave the park when the female suddenly appeared and landed close tto the nest hole. I never had the chance before to study the owl sitting in the open, and tried to do my best within the 40 minutes it stayed there.Attached also one more study of an other owl called " Martin", I managed to finish somewhat later. Both have been sketched using various fineliners

Mittwoch, Mai 09, 2018

Tawny owlet study

Thanks to a message of a friend I`ve got early in the morning yesterday , I was able to drive to the Nymphenburg park and paint my first Tawny owlet from life in watercolours. Hope to go back soon for more studies...

Freitag, Mai 04, 2018

Lesser kestrel illustration

My latest illustration for the new European breeding bird atlas EBBA 2.A Lesser kestrel pair painted using Acryla Gouache. Find more informations at and about sponsoring at…/ebba2-species-sponsorship/

Mittwoch, Mai 02, 2018

Lanner falcon life study

My first ever life study of a Lanner falcon(falconry bird) in Wildpark Poing. I`m not sure about the subspecies since falconers use to crossbreed their birds.Watercolours

Montag, April 30, 2018

Levant sparrowhawk hunts spanish sparrows

Attached this time, the preparatory studies and the final Gouache painting of a male Levant sparrowhawk chasing Spanish sparows.
Initial idea & drawing

Reworked initial study creating background and colour with coloured pencils

The final Gouache painting

Freitag, April 27, 2018

Levant sparrowhawk studies-video based

The levant sparrowhawk a migrant raptor to south eastern Europe, one of the most handsome to me.
 Though it is quite common, there is very little known about his distribution and biology.
Thanks to a friend of mine wo was able to get some video of this bird,(of poor quality but containg enough visual informations )I managed to create a series of  studies of both sexes.
It seems that except of bird guide illustrations, there are no other painted images of this species to be found.
I did  also several small paintings based on these studies during the last years, and hope to make more in the future.
Attached , b/w studies based on video footage, and more images will follow soon..

Donnerstag, April 26, 2018

Speedy life studies- Wildpark Poing

I spend a couple of hours in Wild Park Poing close to Munich, and managed to get the following studies. The weather was unusually cold and wet,and was glad to be able to sketch even using an umbrella