Birds Swarming – Inktense in a Watercolour Moleskine
It was very windy, last Thursday and I was outside working in my workshop when I heard this tremendous racket from the birds which roost in the high trees behind our house. Glancing upwards I was amazed to see this huge flock of crows or rooks zooming backwards and forwards in the same way that starlings do late at night. I don’t know why they were doing this but I quick collected my video camera and shot a quick film to record this behaviour. This painting is copied from a still from this video:
Maybe the wind was upsetting the birds as their nests, high up in the beech and elm trees were swaying terribly. We have stayed here for 30 years and have never seen this before.
Nothing special about this but I was intrigued by the way these small trees have kept some of their leaves through the whole winter. The snow is fast going but these plants stand, in a frost covered hillock in the local woods, with most of their leaves attached. The trees are only about 2 feet high and I had some difficulty in getting some scale into this scene. In my first attempt, I drew a small mouse, peeking out from behind the tree. This didn’t work as it looked as if the trees were “normal height” with a giant rodent underneath. Suggestions welcome.