"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Great Northern Diver

Adult Great Northern Diver, Ringstone Edge Reservoir. Pen and Ink.

This bird turned up on a local reservoir almost a week ago. After a failed trip out on Monday to try and see it I finally caught up with it this morning. The views were a bit distant as the bird kept to the far edge of the reservoir. It also spent a lot of the time fishing and didn't remain on the surface much which hampered the amount of drawing I was able to do. Unusually for the time of year, it was still in full summer plumage.

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