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Shags, Craigleith  1979
Shags, Craigleith 1979
Shags and Guillemots, Bass Rock  2002
Shags and Guillemots, Bass Rock 2002
Roseate Tern 1988
Roseate Tern 1988
Red-footed Booby and chick
Red-footed Booby and chick

I recently found this map of various walks around Menston in Yorkshire which John had annotated with delicate drawings of the different species of birds he saw.  The family estimate that this was drawn up in the mid 1940's when John was a teenager.  In his book Land Marks and Sea Wings he wrote this about his childhood in the Yorkshire dales...

Gannets hanging in the wind, in Land Marks and Sea Wings p 54The John Busby Seabird Drawing Course runs annually in June based near North Berwick in East Lothian.

Now led by Darren Woodhead, Greg Poole and Kittie Jones, it is open to anyone with an interest in drawing birds in the field. It aims to nurture and encourage everyone with an enthusiasm for sketching birds, whether a keen amateur or established artist.  Be inspired by the energetic frenzy of the seabird colonies around the Firth of Forth at the height of the breeding season. There are about 20 participants on the course who take this fantastic opportunity to work alongside established artists and get an insight into the diverse approaches that they take to working in the field.

In 2011, I persuaded Dad to let me video him while he drew the garden birds coming to the bird feeder outside his dining room window.  This bird feeder was a magnet for all the small birds in the area, and regularly attracted a wide variety of species.  Sitting in comfort at the dining room table he made many, many sketches and drawings.