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
). 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
). 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]