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..
Once again a field study of a Little bustard sketched four years ago in Extremadura -Spain from life, a watercolour study based on this field sketch and on my video footage, and a Gouache painting I did a couple of years ago. There is also a close up of the bird in the painting to be seen.
It was four years ago, when I first visited the Extremadura region in Spain, well known for its rich bird fauna and biodiversity. I did a lot of fieldwork on location but because it`s impossible to capture every scene around I took also a lot of video footage, which gives me the opportunity to study the birds and behaviour at home without any pressure of time.
Attached an image of a male Montagu`s harrier, which has been sketched first based on my own footage, followed by a watercolour study, and the final Gouache composition which made it to the cover of "British Birds" magazine.
It was the perfect sping day today, and since I haven`t been in
Nymphenburg park for ages, I drove there in the morning and the only Owl
I found first, was one of the pair close to Pagodenburg. My first ever
study from life using Acryla Gouache.On my way back to the car I met a
couple of photographers who led me to an other Owl, a new one of the
Reddish phase posing and enjoying the sunshine. The setting was
excellent, but sadly I didn`t have enough time, so I decided to make a
monochromatic study, and promised to myself to go back for a coloured version soon.