First I did a bird study to make sure I could draw a Goldcrest.
Then I drew it on navy Daler Rowney Pastel paper. This paper has only a small tooth in which the pastels will stick to - so not the best paper out there, but great for a practice piece.
I drew the entire picture with a soft white pastel for a basic outline.
After choosing my palette . . . . the results. I am pleased with it and may decide I would like to do it on a much higher grade paper. A higher grade paper would let my feathery strokes show up clearer and the entire painting would be more brilliant.