Sounds easy enough. But there is definitely a shift between photographing birds and sketching them. And another gigantic shift between sketching from a photo and trying to capture birds while they're moving around! So what you see below is today's attempt. My solution for everything that doesn't come easily....practice!
It is such a joy to watch these birds--cardinals, mockingbirds, chickadees, titmice, wrens, downies, nuthatches--at the bath and the feeder. If you sit and observe for a while, you can tell which are the juveniles by their behavior, especially at the bird bath. I had the joy of watching young chickadees trying to figure out how to drink without getting wet.
My bird bath sits crooked. No matter how many times I straighten it and pile rocks around it, it always shifts. On this occasion a cardinal was perched drinking and two chickadee juveniles, one after the other, ended up in a spot where the water had shifted away from the edge. It was a chuckle to see them stretch, nearly tip over, and flutter to upright themselves and keep from falling into the water. They next landed on the opposite side to drink. I mean, you bathe only when you want to, right?
My Loggerhead painting was interrupted by my three-day exhibit at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park the last weekend of September. I'll get back to the painting soon and share what I've learned about this special species.