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Sanderlings by Nachiii Sanderlings by Nachiii
This is my entry for our faculty's contest Science is Beautiful, for the Scientific Illustration category.

I spent almost all my free time this week to draw this (I know I could have drawn just one bird, but he looked sooo lonely :tears:). I used several reference photos and even two bird guides, phew.

It's two young Sanderlings (Calidris alba) running at the edge of waves, as they do when serching for food. Although thanks to their proportions they look quite big, they're no bigger than a Starling. And because they're very rare in the Czech Republic (only few specimens a year are spotted, just during migration), this juvenile plummage is the only I've ever seen. Another interesting fact about them is that unlike all the other Calidris species, they lack the hind toe on their feet.
They're really beatifull and super cute (probably my most favourite birds :love:). They nest far to the north when they might not encounter people for their whole lives, so they will tolerate you at a very close distance before they fly away :)

Process of this painting can be seen here: [link]
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brijome Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Photographer
Very great work! Congratulations!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Beautiful capture!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it. It's not a capture, though, it's painted in Photoshop :aww:
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vanwaglajam Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! The photo realism of these two Sanderlings is uncanny!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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vanwaglajam Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome :)
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Constellationss Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
very, very nice !
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again! :aww:
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No1kn0ws Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your so incredibly gifted I LOVE your attention to detail these birds are photo realistic!  :D  The feathers, water, reflection.  The whole scene just is so beautiful. 
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