“In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” Robert Lynd
I have always enjoyed birds. My grandparents kept bird feeders around, and when I was old enough to have my own home, I added a bird feeder also. (Or four! As you can see in the photo above. Husband says I need an intervention.) It was a joy to entice wildlife right up to my doorstep and a privilege that they would be grant me viewing privileges.
But it wasn't until I began nature journaling and sketching that I really began learning about birds. Keeping an illustrated birding journal has been an extreme education in birding, because the most important thing one has to do when drawing and journaling about a bird is not just see the bird, but watch the bird for as long as possible.Read More