I prefer drawing from a photo because you have time to study the details. You miss the movement and behaviors, but you can see the light and feather patterns better. It was difficult to represent the shiny bill and the multitude of colors with pencil, but at the same time forced me to pay attention to overall light and contrast of the whole composition. If I drew this again, I'd pay closer attention to the proportions of the breast, head, and eye. They have a flattish crown and a bold brow, which I didn't capture as well as I'd have liked. The eye is too far back from the bill giving him a bit of a woodcock look! Looking forward to learning more techniques and seeing the redo at the end of the course.