Sketch of the Day: Sunrise on a Spanish Marsh

Doñana marsh at sunrise with red kite leaving its night roost for a day in the field. Below, European goldfinches, perched in the poplars at the edge of the marsh. Watercolor over pencil, Lana 1590 sketchbook, 8 1/2" x 11"
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″.

3 thoughts on “Sketch of the Day: Sunrise on a Spanish Marsh

  1. 100swallows says:

    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.

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