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Eskimo Curlew



This is an illustration for my professor's article about the Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis), a beautiful wader similar to Whimbrel. It used to form huge flocks, but nowadays, you won't see them anymore. In fact, you won't see even a single bird. It was hunted down and the curlew was last seen several decades ago (There's even a movie about this species! It's called The Last of the Curlews). That's why no decent photos with many details exist, mostly just photos of taxidermied individuals. Due to that I had some trouble finding all the characteristics I needed, so I spent several hours just searching for photos, pictures and descriptions. This picture is as accurate as I could make it. Hope you'll like it ;)

This time I was saving the picture in the process, so if you're interested, you can watch the animation here: :thumb353893305:

My other bird paintings:
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This is one of the most spectacular wildlife paintings i have ever seen in my 60+ years. The accuracy, the detail, the balance & energy. It is incredible.