bird behaviour, Sketchbook

Castle Howard Lake drakes

I sketched wildfowl in a bitterly cold easterly wind today. Castle Howard Lake offers good views of a variety of wildfowl. There were very large numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck and Mallard but I concentrated on sketching drake Goldeneye and Goosander. For comparison a recent post shows sketches of female Goosanders found on Newburgh Priory Lake. Today I could only find drakes. After a couple of hours my fingers were struggling to control pencil and brush but winter wildfowl make such a fine subject on a cold grey day.

Drake Goosander- watercolour in sketchbook
Drake Goldeneye- watercolour in sketchbook

1 thought on “Castle Howard Lake drakes”

  1. Just a tip Jonathan…I use a pair of thinsulate mits, the front of the mits comes of to reveal a pair of fingerless gloves…just keeps the hands a little warmer for winter sketching. All the best.
    Roger.

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