Sketch of the Day: Sunrise on a Spanish Marsh Posted on December 7, 2014 by zeladoniac Posted in Art, bird art, birding, birds, Environment, field sketching, landscapes, natural history, travel, WatercolorTagged birds of Spain, Doñana National Park, European goldfinch, life drawing, marshes, natural history, Nature, red kite, sketchbooks, Spain, Spanish birding, Urban Sketching, Wetlands, Wildlife Spanish marsh at dawn, Doñana National Park. A grove of poplars served as a communal night roost and command center from which fifteen red kites launched into space that morning, one by one, to drift across the wetlands. A trio of European goldfinches were also just waking up, my cue to break for coffee. Watercolor over pencil, Lana 1590 sketchbook, 8 1/2″ x 11″. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterLike this:Like Loading... Related
3 thoughts on “Sketch of the Day: Sunrise on a Spanish Marsh”
Beautiful, love the lavender marsh grasses and the Goldfinch. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Debby ! The bird you drew and colored so well is called a jilguero here and it’s hard to find a Spanish home that doesn’t have a cage with one. Some say they sing better than a canary and they cross-breed them to get the best voice. There are few kinds of birds around Madrid, except at the change of seasons, and just last week on my walk I saw a flock of a hundred or so jilgueros. And that same day I ran across the guys trying to catch them with a bait and glue on a stick.
Did you hear the nightingale in Doñana or anywhere? He’s dramatic in the still of night but I don’ t think he can beat the canary for range and number of songs or registers.