I've always liked drawing, ever since I was a small kid, and I have done some sketching of birds during the late 2000s. Sadly, I have been less than prolific and, since 2008/9, sketching got more-or-less abandoned in favour of photography; the main reason for this was crippling self-doubt, embarrassment and a mental block about sketching in the field. That said, I've got a bit disillusioned with photography (in particular lugging my DSLRs and long zoom about - having upper back and neck problems doesn't help) and am getting back into sketching - but that's NOT to say I am ditching the photography, far from it!

Here are some of my old sketches, from the mid to late 2000s. Some are better than others. Click for enlargements.

Avocet, Titchfield Haven

Balearic Shearwater, The Needles

My aunt's pet gander - more obliging than most birds!

Osprey, Newtown, Isle of Wight