This little guy is a Golden-crowned Kinglet, one of two kinglets (the other being Ruby-crowned) that are winter residents in our area. They are smaller than chickadees and at least as active. This is done in colored pencil from a photo I took at work.
This is a male Anna's Hummingbird guarding its territory at the very top of a conspicuous perch. Hummers are very feisty and aggressive, belying their 'oh, isn't he cute' appearance. This is done in Polychromos colored pencils from a photo I took a couple years ago. It took about an hour while watching TV in the background...
This is a quick sketch in a Moleskine notebook, about 5.5 x 8.5 inches, done in watercolor with an initial light pencil sketch. The species is a Bonaparte's Gull, a small and delicate (by gull standards) species. There is about half an hour in the sketch in total. These birds are common in certain parts of Puget Sound, but not in the areas where I typically bird. The reference was a photo I took several years ago.
I've been doing a lot of bird sketching (both in the field and from photos) lately, and so am posting a few of the most recent ones here. These are all in a small Moleskine sketchbook (5 x 8.5") and done in colored pencils from photographs.
This one is of a Redhead, a type of duck found mostly in the eastern half of my home state, although a very few stray west of the Cascades during migration or in winter.
This fellow, a male (drake) Ruddy Duck is shown in breeding plumage, which in this species has the male sporting an almost ridiculously bright blue bill. This species has declined in my area over the last couple of decades, so takes some searching to locate.
Next up is a California Gull, which is a summer resident in my home area, but which migrates south in the winter. Unfortunately I hurried this drawing and missed a major field mark (which is already on the original) - that being a bright red spot on the lower mandible just a bit back from the tip of the bill.
The next is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk, a relatively small hawk that preys on smaller birds. This bird stayed around feeders I had put up at work all winter in his first year, and it was comical watching him try to become a proficient hunter. I actually thought he wouldn't make it through the winter because he was so inept at catching other birds initially, but he made it through.
And finally, one of my favorite wading bird species - a Green Heron. In this case, the bird in the image (from a photo I took) is a juvenile bird - you can tell due to the coloration and the markings on the breast and belly.