Red-backed shrikes are among my favourite birds and an early morning, pre-school birding trip brought me some cracking views of a lovely bird. This is a watercolour I've just completed of the episode:
Red-backed Shrike, watercolour, 22"x17"Time is ticking! The next major event on the calendar in the BBC Wildlife Magazine Readers' Holiday.
With the seabirds back on their breeding cliffs, the skuas cruising the moorlands and the waders all in full nuptual swing, Orkney is a truly special place to spend a week in summer. The daylight virtually never ends and midnight excursions hunting for the evocative corncrake or even a night-time vigil with storm petrels are magical and unforgettable experiences.
There are still just a couple of places left on our Orkney Islands Art holiday - lead by the grand master of bird art John Busby, the dynamic, extraordinarily talented Darren Woodhead . . . . and me :)
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