Siden Hill Wood and Marsh Lane Nature Reserve: July

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Herons are ambush predators.  I watched this one stalk the side of flooded quarry, wading out looking for fish, disappearing into the reeds hunting for nestlings and frogs. The threat was recognised.  A pair of common terns mobbed it as it hunted.

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These quick sketches were more about the vegetation than the bird (with its unnaturally long bill!).  I sought to contrast the cool neutrals of the predator (ultramarine, burnt sienna and rose madder) with the cool greens of cobalt blue and aurolean.  I still need to find those deep dark cool contrasting greens to define the foliage.

6 responses to “Siden Hill Wood and Marsh Lane Nature Reserve: July

  1. Pingback: Siden Hill Wood and Marsh Lane Nature Reserve: July | kestrelart

    • Thanks
      I followed you back and had a quick look at your blog also. Your oils are very accomplished. I particularly liked the sketches of the horses in charcoal and paint and the paper houses piece is great.

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