Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A watercolour painted yesterday. I wanted to illustrate the flying Barn Owl as we most often see it, as a passing shadow. I used 2 colours, ultramarine blue and burnt umber.

Monday, November 27, 2006

There was a birdwatchers's meeting this weekend in Tata town. I went there with my friends. On Friday we gave a chance for a Wallcreeper wintering in a nearby quarry (where we tried this February, see the Birds Illustrated article: http://href.hu/x/1zrn). We were not so lucky as the birds appeared only in the afternoon for a short period. It was enough for taking some photos, but no sketches:

Later a female Grey-headed Woodpecker arrived and started to feed on the cliff face:

I had a stand with my friend on Saturday:

This year's event was unexpectedly popular with an estimated 3500 visitors. This is an increadible number on such an event in Hungary!

On Sunday monring we visited the nearby catholic church, and sketched a cooperative Peregrine:

A photo of this bird:

The afternoon was again wasted at the Wallcreeper quarry. We climbed up to the upper levels, where we had some quick glimpses of the bird, but again there was no sketching opportunity.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Two watercolours with Owl chicks. It's for an ID article dealing with our smaller Owls.
Tengmalm's Owl:

Little Owl:

The originals (30X40 cm) are for sale for 250 EUR each.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Scanning through my illustrations I realized that I have quite a few paintings and drawings of the Eastern Imperial Eagle dispersed over the years. With this selection I would like to show how my drawing and painting skills developed (hopefully there's some improvement).

This plate painted in watercolours in 1999 shows the difference between Spanish and Eastern Imperial Eagles. This was my first ever entry to the Birdwatch Artist of the Year competition. This was amoung the 12 artworks featuring the competition's calendar. The original is lost.

This adult is from 2000, and was painted in acrilics (as all the following colour works) for my first poster of protected birds of Hungary.

2002, an illustration for BirdLife Hungary for some information sign.

Detail of a plate painted for BirdLife Hungary in the series of the birds of prey of Hungary. The lower half of the plate shows the Golden Eagle for comparison (2003).

Pen drawing from 2004. It's an illustration for the Raptors Worldwide publication.

It's still 2004, a detail of a bigger painting done for BirdLife Hungary. It was published on posters and cards.

And 2 at the end from 2005. This pen drawing was published in 'Birding in Eastern Europe' guidebook.

And this plate is for BirdLife Romania, it's in the series of protected birds of prey in the Danube-Delta. I'm still quite pleased with this piece.

Sadly there's nothing from 2006. It would be good to finish the series with some bigger oil painting or field sketches (hopefully next year).

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

This is a new watercolour painting finished today. The title is 'With Mom'.
I had to paint an Eagle Owl chick for an ID article, and I've chosen a more complex idea, creating a whole family scene. It's sold.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I was commissioned to paint 6 protected fishes. The original watercolours are for sale for 50 EUR/each.

Huso huso

Sabanejewia aurata

Gymnocephalus schraetzer

Barbus peloponnesius petényi

Zingel streber

Zingel zingel

You find some more fishes below, painted earlier (these are all acrilics on paper, and are for sale also for 50 EUR/each).

Rutilus rutilus

Gasterosteus aculeatus

Umbra krameri

Ictalurus nebulosus

Scardinius erythrophthalmus

Rhodeus sericeus amarus

Pseudorasbora parva

Misgurnus fossilis

Lucioperca lucioperca

Esox lucius

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The latest issue of BirdLife Hungary's magazine, 'Madártávlat' was just published. I have a regular section in it about bird identification. This time I chose the Tawny and Ural Owls. The format is quite new, I've used my 2 full-frame paintings to illustrate the adult birds (I wanted to show them in their tipical habitat).

Saturday, November 04, 2006

I've spent 4 days in southern Montenegro, at a saltpan system (Ulcinjska solana) with my friend and his wife. This is an important wintering site of several Shorebird species.

The ponds closer to the entrance were quite empty, with some Dalmatian Pelicans and a small group of Flamingos.

Luckily the ponds at the southeast end of the system were full of birds.

The area was once a breeding ground of the Dalmatian Pelicans. Nowdays they are regular visitors:

Dunlin flock with Redshanks:

Dunlin cloud:

One of my hides built up from dry vegetation:

Another sketching point on the same lake:

Winter plumaged Knots:

Redshank sketches:

Green- and Redshanks:

1st winter Greenshank:

Various Shorebirds:

Golden Plovers:

Redshank, Golden and Grey Plovers:

Adult winter Grey Plover:

Juv/1st winter Grey Plover:

Immature Dalmatian Pelican with a flock of Spotted Redshanks and some Egrets:

Unfinished sketch of Pelicans and Egrets (interrupted by an arriveing Shorebird flock landing close to me):

Numbers of some species observed on the saltpans:

Dunlin ~6500
Redshank ~800
Kentish Plover ~150
Grey Plover ~70
Knot 84
Green Sandpiper ~70
Dalmatian Pelican ~30
Pygmy Cormorant ~70
Black-headed Gull ~3000
Kingfisher ~70
Flamingo 1 ad. + 3 imm.

I would like to thank to local birdwatcher, Darko Saveljic for his help by email. Local people were very kind and helpful, especially at the entrance of the saltpans.
Hopefully my friend will put up some excellent photos taken on the saltpans to his webpage: www.szimistyle.com.