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Eskimo Curlew by Nachiii Eskimo Curlew by Nachiii
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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TrevLafoe Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
I have something from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon

Eskimo Curlew by TrevLafoe
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Sorraia89 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
Thank you for reminding people that we have a responsibility, as stewards of the earth, to stop this from happening to other species.
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VicEberly Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
Featured: [link] :sun:
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Ettah46 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 16, 2017
your picture is beautifully done
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Ettah46 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
Sorry, I didn't see how this works and found where to purchase it.Thank you
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rongiveans Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Photographer
This is so awesome.  Masterfully done.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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Clawedfrog Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Just breathtaking! You certainly have a talent for painting birds!
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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maxey1215 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot! I love it!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hehe, it's not a "shot" but a painting :P Well, you're not the first one to think otherwise.
Anyway, I'm glad you like it :)
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Katangacz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
K tomuhle obrázku se často vracím. Běžně jen na pokochání, dneska na dumání, jak sakra namalovat peří (a jak tak na to koukám, budu u něj meditovat i při malování trávy). ^^
Zanechal ve mě hluboký dojem. Je opravdu nádherný. Buď na sebe hrdá! ;)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Jé, tenhle komentář mi nějak zapadnul a já jsem na něj vůbec neodpověděla takovou dobu! *stydí se*
Mockrát děkuju, jsem ráda, jestli v něm najdeš inspiraci. :)
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Katangacz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
V pohodě, znám to, když člověk zapomene odpovědět na komentáře. Až moc často. ^^
Inspiraci jsem rozhodně našla. Pokud by tě to zajímalo, tak v tomto obrázku: katangacz.deviantart.com/art/L… :)
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yolque Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow, you are very very talented! I love your attention to detail and lighting in this one!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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OlyRojas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
You are Amazing! I love your bird pictures! keep up the good work.
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :aww: I'll do my best :)
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OlyRojas Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
You are amazing!!!! I love your bird pictures a lot keep up the good work!
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :aww: I'll do my best! :)
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Milarcha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is almost like a photo. Awesome :D
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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xDoglate Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! I thought this was a photograph! :iconcryforeverplz: *Throws out art*
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wait, no, don't do that! That would be a pity. Thank you very much, though, this comment made my day :D
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Wow, stunning! Beautifully detailed and well drawn! You're very talented! Keep on creating! :iconiloveyouplz:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :aww:
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satishverma Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely Brillient.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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satishverma Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ahhh, this is one of those paintings that has been sitting in my inbox for ages without a comment because I just couldn't figure out exactly what to write and how to write it. I still don't, so bear with me trying to say something sensible anyway :xd: Besides being brilliantly executed, this piece is also really special in itself because it does something we (probably) can't do in real life: bring back an extinct species and see it the way it used to be. Extinction is so sad, especially when in recent years, due to human activities. I watched that movie about the Last Eskimo curlew; very very sad indeed. Reminds me of the Passenger pigeon's fate. So, awesome that you brought this lost species back to life, at least here in this painting. Then to move onto the painting itself: the details and realism of it is astounding once again. Especially watching the 'step-by-step' animation it's fantastic to see how you went through painting all of those intricately marked feathers, and your work most definitely paid off! Great job in recreating the backlight coming through the wings and especially tail as well. An absolutely fantastic piece to me, one you should be very proud of indeed! :clap:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I'm sorry for such a late reply. I especially appologise, because your kind comment made me really happy, that, in fact, I didn't know what to reply and left it in my inbox to collect dust. And I feel terrible for not responding for so long even though you took your time to write your thoughts. 
The extinction is extremely sad, indeed. But what's probably even more scary is that tons of species die out each year, some of which we haven't even gotten to know yet and are completely ignorant about, only noticing the extintion of the conspicuous species like this Eskimo Curlew, for example. I would love so much to see the huge flocks migrating each year thousands of kilometers to the south and back. It's just too terrible to learn how greedy people can be and how heartless to just shoot them all down eventually. 
I hope I did this wonderful bird justice, even if only a bit. 
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
There's absolutely no need to apologise; the exact same thing happens to me. The most amazing deviations in my inbox or the best comments I get usually sit around uncommented on/unreplied to longest of all. I totally know how you feel; you just don't know what to write (back) and instead just leave it be. So no need at all to feel terrible :hug:
Totally true; all the unsung extinct animals are so numerous yet so unknown. Some species go extinct before we've even discovered, others go extinct mere years after we discovered them. Some Hawaiian honeycreepers went extinct without anyone having taken any photo of them - the only way we know now what they looked like is due to artists who went to the rainforests to see and paint them before they disappeared. I'm with you, I'd love to see those huge flocks again, as well as the enormous flocks of Passenger pigeons that have since left the world. It's hideous to think how some people with guns can decimate some of the most numerous animal species in the world in a very short period of time, with very little effort. Human greed is enormous, and horrible. If you ask me, there's just too many people on the planet. We're pushing other species off the brink because we're using up the space and resources they actually needed.
I certainly think you did it justice, very much so 
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Mikartturi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Very pretty.


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Nachiii Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks again :aww:
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millicat Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
That is an amazing piece.  Like others I thought it was a photograph.  I even had to watch the animation to believe that it was not a photograph.  

We get a variety of Curlew here in Cairns, Australia.  They come out at night and walk down our street making lots of noise.  We are near some creeks and trees so I guess that's where they go during the daytime.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for your nice comment and the story :) I loved their noises when we were staying nere the Eurasian Curlew's nest site at Baikal Lake. Their calls made a great atmosphere :aww:
You're lucky to live near these awsome creatures. At my home country, the curlews are a rare sight. Although We see them every year during migration :)
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millicat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Bush-Stone Curlews are the name of our Curlews. One night there were at least five Curlews outside our house and casually walking down the street after midnight. It is amusing for my cat who sits each night looking through the bedroom window.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I see. Wow, I can't even imagine having curlews or any kind of wader anywhere near my house :tears:
Haha, yeah, I believe a cat would be interested in that :D
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StormChazzy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, just wow, I have no words. Wonderful work! :clap:
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I though it was a photograph! Amazing!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Excellent work!  It's sad that this is perhaps the most 'alive' we'll ever see this curlew.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm happy an artist like you likes it :)
Sadly, that may be the case. But let's hope that there are still at least a few of them hiding somewhere :)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I seriously couldn;t believe this was a drawing...o.o
Brilliant..good job! :D
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :-)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob~ ^^
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pishchanska Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Amazing, I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw this drawing!:)
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing, I lack words for the beauty in this one! You put so much time and effort into this, love it! :jawdrop:
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