The beak and the eye were the "easiest" for me, but the contouring of the feathers was difficult.
The more I looked and drew, the more I noticed. For example, the ring around the eye and the detail of the beak, and the way the claws wrapped around the branch.
The nature journaling process needs to be one where you can take your time, and relax and focus on the subject.
I was inspired by Liz in a previous course I took about sketching birds. Also, I have kept a journal on trips I've taken out west and they are so special to me. They typically are not set up in anyway, and are on lined paper. I want to step it up a little bit!
I want to start organizing my journal a bit more- and try to make entries weekly of normal, every day "wonders" so I form a habit that feeds my soul. I also want to be able to share this practice with my students.