Tuesday, 22 February 2011

I saw him .... and he saw me.

Pencil on Smooth Surface Cartridge Paper
While strolling on the beach in Torbay last year I saw this Gull standing at the waters edge picking things out of the water in his beak. I took out my camera, as you do, and took a few shots. With some 'in the can' I moved in closer ... and then closer still. He seemed quite happy to continue 'fishing' for his dinner, though when I was framing up this shot, he did give me an inqisitive stare. Out of all the shots I took of him, this is the one I like best.

I'm not very good at identifying birds but though I've been referring to him as a Seagull I suspect this chappy is more correctly known as a Herring Gull. I'm happy to be corrected if anyone out there knows for sure.

11 comments:

  1. You really are 'The Pencil Man' John. This is a wonderful drawing!

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  2. I agree with every word Keith. John you are a master with the pencil. Love this!

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  3. I have no idea, other than I'm pretty sure it's not an ordinary Seagull. It's a fantastic drawing John - I love the gull and the movement of the water around his legs :0)

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  4. Wow Keith, I don't know what to say. Thank you.

    Thank you Ingrid, you know how much I like working with pencil.

    Sandra, I was in two minds whether to include the water or not. You've removed any doubts. Thank you.

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  5. Great sketch John. It's interesting just how close birds will let you get with a camera.
    We enjoy watching the pecking order of the different birds in our garden.

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  6. John your rendition of this waterbird is excellent.. Wonderful pencil details ... the Seagull is in the Tern family, although I believe this is another species of Tern. Yeah... those Florida people know all about that. !!! all kidding aside you are a fantastic pencil artist. !

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  7. Thank you Dors.

    Barbra Joan, Thank you for the information and your kind words.

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  8. Lovely work John, and just the right amount of detail. By the look of his markings, it is a jeuvenile common gull.

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  9. Ah, I hadn't thought of a youngster. That would make sense Frank. Thanks very much.

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  10. this is a seagull with a deep soul, i liked a lot ! pencil drawing has such an amazing results and you worked very well with it !

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  11. Thank you very much DynamiteJ, and thank you for visiting.

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