Friday, 23rd March 2001, West Yorkshire
ITS A MISTY morning, more like autumn than spring, but after that cold snowy spell the Frogs are back in force on our garden pond. I count 21 of them and a couple more clumps of frog-spawn. The pebbly corner is now full to capacity of spawn and one of the new clumps is by vegetation in the deeper part of the pool.
That pebbly corner is a favourite spot for birds to take a bath, but there's no chance of that at the moment. Instead, a male Blackbird takes a dip by the opposite bank.
Watching its repetitive routine for a minute I decide I'd like to have a go at an animated version. It repeatedly dips its head then, as it straightens up again, it vigorously shakes its wings.
I made 4 sketches; two for the shaking wings, one for the head dipped down and an in-between stage used when it is both dipping and raising its head.
This day last year