Natural History Illustrator Out & About: Birds on the run

Story posted: Friday, 20. March 2015 by Lizzie Harper

Although I spend much of my time doing natural history illustration, botanical drawing, science art, and natural science illustration I also do my best to try and keep fit.

This is made a great deal easier thanks to the beautiful town where I live, Hay on Wye in the Welsh borders.

One of my favourite jogs is down to the warren; a shingly beach on the banks of the river Wye, and back up through town.  Invariably, I see a wide array of animals, but this week the bird count was absurdly high!

So, jogging across the common grazing land I spotted a buzzard overhead, doing its’ cat-like mew.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator buzzard illustration

Buzzard Buteo buteo

By the beach I spied a pair of goosander, then a mute swan

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator of Goosander pair

Goosander Mergus merganser

Mute swan natural history ornithology illustration by Lizzie Harper

Swan Cygnus olor

Into the beech woodland to be met by a tiny wren, then four fluffed up long tailed tits.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator wren illustration

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

Long tailed tit ornithological illustration by Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator

Long tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus

As I came out from under Hay bridge, I heard then saw a pair of glorious bullfinch, bickering.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator ornithological illustration of bullfinch

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Blackbirds and robins sang their territorial songs amongst the horse chestnuts.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator ornithological illustration of blackbird

Blackbird Turdus merula

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator robin

Robin Erithacus rubecula

Finally, turning up by the car park to come into town again, I saw a couple of blue tits, in all their finery.

Lizzie Harper natural history illustrator illustration of Blue tit

Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus

I know this blog sounds more like a gloat or a list than anything else, but I really was overcome with joy at all these beautiful animals on my doorstep.  It almost made going for a run an enjoyable experience.  Almost….

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