Now where to begin. Well being an ecologist has many many pros at this time of year, generally surveying in good weather and stumbling across unexpected wildlife shenanigans, travelling a bit and getting lots of quality time spent in the car racking up those miles - good old Stella! Makes you think, this time last year I was still racking up the miles but all on two wheels with multiple outfit changes a day (think the most was 8 in one day) whilst bringing home far too much of the wrong sort of nature when the weather was good . . .
|Many ex-bugs . . . :/|
|My Suzuki SV650 at Bealach na Ba last year|
We also found a whole hoard of tiny toads, never tire of these critters!
|And a frog!|
And while we're on the subject of birds, my ringing sessions are not as frequent as to be expected with the workload at this time of year but getting in the odd bit of bling here and there . . .
|A juvenile Rook, rugby tackled . . .albeit very gently . . .|
|A female Goosander found in a barn owl box|
|And this beautiful lady Tawny owl, my first :)|
In other news, I can show you my latest commission now it has been received by its new owner. A pair of gorgeous dogs, a Border and a Bearded Collie. Owen the Border unfortunately passed over Rainbow Bridge while I was on with this drawing which is so sad but I hope this piece of work is a special momento and brings a few happy memories every time it's looked at. It's not the first time the subject of a portrait has met his/her time whilst I was in the middle of the drawing process and it can be quite upsetting but having them captured in pencil can hopefully give a lot of pleasure and help fill that void every four-legged companion leaves in our hearts. Rest well Owen pup.
|Owen and Ellie|
A couple more pics . . .
|First taste of salt-water . . .YICK|
|Black Beauty theme toon anyone?|
|. . .black peaty puddles!|
Until next time,