A master at camouflage, the Woodcock will sit on the ground amongst leaves in woodland and you could walk by and not see it. If its disturbed, you still don't get much of a look as it flies away fast and low
I drew this from memory when on holiday one year in Tuscany
Its not quite accurate, but you get the idea
I hadn't taken much drawing or painting equipment with me as I had planned to buy some more in a shop in San Gimiganano. So until I visited the shop I made do with a black biro and the small drawing pad that I had packed.
A very old cow drinking trough observed in a field. I found this example on one of my cycle routes, its constructed of cement which reveals that its quite old, probably pre WWII. Such items have for a long time been constructed of galvanise and more recently hard plastic.
As a boy I use to look in these troughs to see the little "Water Boatmen" swimming around. Their correct scientific name is (Nononecta glauca) and I never realised it until I did the research, that they actually swim upside down. I called them water boatmen as they had what looked like an oar either side which they propelled themselves through the water with
I photographed this old farm outbuilding whilst on a cycle ride out on the fenland and later produced this watercolour. It was a tumbledown disused place next to an old barn. I went by there not so long ago and discovered that along with the barn, it had been completely demolished.
Unfortunately I have never seen a Peregrine Falcon close up, that's why I looked at one in a book to draw this effort.
They are the elite among raptors and such skilful flyers
I have seen them high in the sky though. On one occasion I observed one through binoculars flying so high that I couldn't have seen it with the naked eye. It soared around and then suddenly dropped like a stone and went out of sight behind a tall tree line
(The terminal velocity of a Peregrine Falcon falling through the air is 200mph or 90 metres per second - hey I looked it up)