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Watercolour Painting of a Coot

British Birds Watercolour Wildlife Art.

Birds of our British Isles.

Birds are beautiful and mysterious. For a wildlife artist and/or nature enthusiast, they present unlimited opportunities to learn about British wildlife and their habitats. By watching birds you are studying their anatomy and colours; sketching and photographing birds is a useful way to record this. Later, more detailed paintings and drawings can be worked on, using the bird sketchbook and photographs as resource material.

Bird drawings and paintings come in many styles and media: watercolours and pastels, coloured pencils and ink from the loosest applications of colour and line to the most detailed, realistic paintings of birds in their natural wildlife habitats: woods, gardens, fields, parks, coasts, rivers and lakes, to name a few.

This coot was loosely painted using watercolours – the feathers are suggested rather than painted in detail. Although there is a little more detail on the coot’s feet and legs, the bird’s feathers are mainly captured through highlights rather than precise feather markings.

Bird watching is a great way to learn more about our British birds and how to identify them. The coot is often confused for a moorhen and vice-versa but to study it for painting and to paint it, even in a loose style – is to get to know it.
Having completed a watercolour sketch, it becomes useful reference material for a more detailed, realistic painting to be done later.

British Bird Watercolour Painting. Coot illustration. Pond life.
Watercolour Painting of a Coot : Pond Life.

These little water birds are most curious!

For anyone who has ever confused a coot with a moorhen...

...the moorhen has red on its head - just like a hen!

It's a hoot - to know moorhen from coot!

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