This study is done. I like the water splashes and the little bits of white all around - done with masking fluid before putting any paint on the paper.
I'm learning as I do each of these.
I laid the large sheet on the kitchen/dining room table today and cut it even (it was a bit off here and there). Then I traced the large birds on the paper from the tracing paper drawings I had done previously. I let that sit a while and realized it didn't look right - I want the spoonbill with her wings up to be closer and larger and the other spoonbill (wings down) to be higher, farther away and smaller on the picture plane. So - did some more drawing. Then set it aside again.
And now I'm doing another study, this time on a half sheet (15 x 22 inches) of Arches watercolor paper. Here's the drawing (on tracing paper which I will trace onto the watercolor paper).
There is no splashing water on this one - just an elegant pink wing and reflection I am calling