I enjoyed drawing from a photo. I could focus on it seeing details. Drawing it came fairly easily. A little challenging was the intricate lined feather pattern. Also with just pencil, obviously the color was missing, thus drawing with pencil trying to distinguish the different colors black and reddish, was a challenge. I might have not noticed the little clawed feet, the exact proportions of the bird, and the detailed coloring, had I not been asked to draw it. Since birds in nature rarely sit still, these details might be missed when nature journaling.
I'm a naturalist, have been a nature guide in two different organizations but have relied on photo taking to capture my observations. Recently I started studying drawing and watercolor, and I'd like to take these two disciplines into the field which should also enhance my observational skills. I'd like to try the daily entry, paint in watercolor, and include in words my observations. This I hope would help me to be more focused and detailed in my learning about nature.