On Crescent Wings- a Portrait of the Swift brings together well over over a decade of my sketches with my writing about what this bird has meant to me through my life. Long before the days of social media and calling systems I was conducting my own experiments with swift boxes, using an old cassette player to play calls to entice swifts to nest. Many sketches were made using infra red camera footage of birds in my nest boxes. I have spent countless hours by swift colonies observing and sketching and the book contains sketches of behaviour you can look for at your own colony. Also featured are paintings of locations where I have lived and watched swifts.

The book has a foreword by Edward Mayer(Swift Conservation) and an introduction by Alan Marshall with a section on how to attract swifts in the back.

To buy a signed copy of the book, please click link below.




10 thoughts on “SHOP”

  1. Dear Jonathan,
    I bought at your stand at the Bird Fair, some of your photograph cards of swifts, called ‘Coming Home’.
    and ‘Swifts over Cley’. It may have been last year or maybe the previous year.
    I cannot see them on your site to purchase, but I would very much like to buy more.
    Can you help please?
    I have not seen any swifts so far, but my brother saw a good number visiting a little nature reserve he goes to in West Norfolk. This was last Tuesday about 3pm in the afternoon. Could have been a couple of hundred feeding, and a few house martins with them, but no swallows.
    With best wishes,

    1. Dear Diane,
      thank you for your enquiry. I’m afraid these were a one off print at the launch of the book. I will ask the publisher but I think they are all gone. When lock down is over I may have a think about a new range of cards. I hope some of your swifts have now arrived, as mine have. Enjoy this lovely swift season. Will miss chatting at Birdfair this year.
      Take care,

  2. Hello. I am very much interested in your beautiful watercolour pictures of Long tailed tits. I adore them so much I have named my new house after them. Mumruffins!
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Hazel, I think the long tailed tits are locked in a gallery somewhere! I will keep you in mind for first refusal as and when new ltt paintings emerge. Best wishes, Jonathan

  3. I’m so glad to read that you are going to continue with your diary and daily sketches – it has been something to really look forward to every day. I also think it has encouraged me to be more observant too! Val Murray

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