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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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Constellationss Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
very, very nice !
Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again! :aww:
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. 
Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :hug: I'm happy you like it :aww:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nachiii, nachiii - my goodness. It's been almost a year since you painted and posted this and I still haven't commented (curse me) but that's changing now because honestly, there's some things to be said. I've started watching you for the lovely traditional, and sometimes digital drawings, but where you started out as a very good artist, you've now come into the 'scarily good' category, and I'm dead honest when saying that. Your digital bird paintings, and then in particular this one, the Ruffs and the Eskimo curlew (both will be commented on at a later time, promise) are simply beyond belief. The immense work on plumage, the totally spot-on anatomy, and insane detailing sells each and every one of these as a photo, only then better. In this painting particularly the streaky head and neck markings are very well done, fantastic texturing throughout to really get that feathery feel though, and the details on the wing covert also really stand out to me. 'Ruffled' edges to coverts, especially in such small birds, really sells realism for me. Then there is the water -easy to overlook with two such handsome birds running past, but that is done really well also. Just the general streakiness of it, emphasizing the speed of these Sanderlings, and details in reflection and splashes are phenomenal. Absolutely brilliant masterpiece, well done! :clap:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi namu-the-orca.
I'm sorry I took so long to reply. Nevertheless I have to thank you very much, for your long and very kind comment made me really happy. And I appreciate it from an artist like you, who is an amazing wildlife painter, too :) Thank you for taking your time.
These paintings indeed took me a lot of time, but I learned a lot from them, too :)

Best regards
KeepersofStone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
So nicely done! Wow. I thought this was a picture at first.
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot :hug: Haha, I probably did manage to fool a few people, though unintentionally :)
albertoguerra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love this one too... the details on feathers and the contrast between the brids and the background.  You really did a wonderful artwork here :D
Nachiii Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much again :hug:
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