For me this is a whole new way of looking at things. I can see how the different shading and blending techniques really make a difference in your drawings. Lighting makes a difference too. Today was very cloudy and the lights in my office were casting weird shadows which made it difficult for me to see some of the highlights and shadows.
This was hard for me. At least in the photo the bird is standing still. I can't imagine trying to get all the details from looking at a moving creature. I tried using water color pencils, but the colors still need work.
I wish that I had kept a nature journal on my trip to the Galapagos. I think it would have encouraged to spend more time really looking at the local plants and animals. Since the pandemic I have become more aware of nature in my neighborhood. I became interested in birdwatching. I have also submitted photos to Inaturalist to help me identify what I have seen. I have been hesitant to start a nature journal because I felt I wasn't a writer and certainly not an artist. I realize the only way I will gain more confidence is to practice writing and drawing.