|Updated Dec 2009||
Mike Langman - Field Sketches
Gallery of Birds
Scorriton Down, Dartmoor, Devon 28 October 2009
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As a keen birdwatcher Mike combines his artistic skills with his birding, when the opportunity arises – usually when finding a rare or scarce bird he’ll quickly sketch the bird into a pocket A5 notebook. The colours are noted and added when he gets home with watercolour paints.
Clennon Valley, Devon 14 January 2009
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Berry Head, Devon 12 November 2008 - my first BBRC passerine find at the site in 30 years!
Today all of Mikes field notes are not redrawn but for years Mike would meticulously transfer the drawings from the sketch books into a yearly birding book. This started in his early birdwatching days (Late 1970’s) when the field guides were woefully inadequate and even common plumages for example the bright yellow juvenile plumage of Willow Warbler where not shown in the fieldguides of the day. His sketches made sure Mike looked in detail at any bird that took his interest and undoubtedly increased his knowledge and understanding of the identification of those birds. Many of Britain’s best birders are avid note takers – whether in sketch or written form. In recent years photography has taken over from the notebook, it certainly has its place but there is still a need for high quality note taking.
These are some of the pages from Mikes yearly notebooks dating back to 1979:
Aug 78 -Jan 1979 colours not found in Field Guides of the day!
Nov 1979 Got the 'adult' Little Stint wrong, and took a day of school for the Greater Sandplover.
Aug-Oct 1979 two trips to Scilly and a new bird at Dawlish Warren.
Jan-Dec 1979 the Lapland Bunting got my heart pumping most - a new bird and I found it!
Dec 1981 Christmas holiday from College - a nice present waited for me!
Oct 1984 Scilly
March 1985 Dartford and Wells Wood
Nov1985 Pagham and Westleton
Dec 1985 my second White-tailed Eagle (following the Oxfordshire bird) at Benacre, My first Waxwings at Wiveton but best of all a self found winter Short-toed Lark on a Torbay seafront!
Aug 1987 - some good Devon birds
Sept - Oct 1987 Wells Wood Yellow-browed Warbler and Scilly Vireos and Firecrest.
Oct 1987 A seawatch off Torquay after the 87 hurricane!
February 1989 a few interesting birds and one star American warbler in Maidstone(!) still one of the strangest twitches I've been on.
Nov 1989 a day out in Norfolk
June 1991 a two day trip to Lundy
Oct 1991 Just some of the great birds on Scilly, a 1st w Northern Wheatear was included - compare it to the Isabelline seen a few days later.
1992 Yellow-breasted Bunting, Holme, Norfolk
1997 February Olive-backed Pipit, Brixham, Devon
2000 January Sora Rail, Stover Country Park, Devon
More to come!!!
added Dec 2009...
Jan 2000 Sora Rail, Stover Country Park, Devon
added April 2009...
Mar 2000 Masked Shrike Cyprus.
added April 2009 ...
Feb-Apr 1997 Olive-backed Pipit Brixham
March 1985 Sociable Lapwing Dartford, Arctic Redpoll and Parrot Crossbill -Wells
September -Oct 1987 Vireo's Scilly
Yelkouan Shearwater Notes
Blast from the past
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