Watching martins fly in and out of their colony, listening to their continuous vocals and becoming familiar with their social interactions were all part of the fun of getting to know this species. It wasn't that I had never seen a martin before, but that I knew little about them and had never had the opportunity to observe them in detail.
Next: The painting!
Links and Resources:
To see more about my preparation for painting martins visit: The Studies Before the Painting.
Great information about purple martins can be found at the Purple Martin Conservation Association website.