|Wheatear © Tracy Hall 2016|
Watercolour 2" x 4"
My first painting of 2016, completed over the Christmas break, is a miniature of a Wheatear pausing on a rusty old farm machine (reliably informed it was once part of a reaper!). I'm not sure whether this is a normal Wheatear or the Greenland variety but, whichever it is, I photographed it in our fields last May and it was a real pleasure to watch. Such a beautiful little bird. It was nowhere near the reaper at the time of course but I'm sure it would have perched there given the chance!
Talking of pleasure, we saw in the new year here on our little island in the company of lots of whales who stayed feeding for four days. There were Humpbacks, Minkes and apparently Orcas as well, although we didn't see them. Others got some absolutely beautiful photos and videos but this is the best I could do...it was actually more fun to just watch them (and boy was it cold!). Such a privilege. These were taken from my parents' garden and, despite looking like they are in black and white, it is actually full colour - it really was just that grey a day! There were also gannets galore and countless other seabirds, as well as some rather worried looking seals. Quite the spectacle.
|Humpback Whale in Scapa Flow|
|Birds having a great time|
|Some not enjoying it as much as others...|
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year wherever you were, and wishing you all a peaceful and happy 2016.