Lapwing and snipe are two of my favourite waders and typically seen in this wetlands habitat. I love the watery reflections and the muted colours here.
As a child, I used to see hundreds of lapwing in freshly ploughed fields but they are in decline now. Numbers are so low that they are on the RSPB Red List of species causing the greatest conservation concern.
Those that still come are mainly winter visitors to wetlands and salt marshes. I so look forward to their arrival each year but sadly as time passes fewer and fewer come. From flocks of many hundreds in my youth to just a handful fifty years on.
In this area the lapwing population has fallen by a massive 88% in the last 25 years. So there is a project to bring lapwings back to the Gordano Valley led by Avon Wildlife Trust in the hope of reversing this decline.
If you like the lapwing and snipe, you might like these?
With a long beak snipe are easily identified once you manage to spot them! They are so well camouflaged that it can take a while to get your eye in, but it is worth the effort. These are common snipe although not as common as the name suggests. They are on the Amber List of critical species so not quite as threatened as the lapwings.
The setting is a stubble field on the east coast of Scotland. This is a place for curlews and hares and the interaction of species is always something that interests me. Though in this instance I have engaged in a bit of artistic licence putting them together. Both the curlew and the hare are quite mystical creatures and sadly both have declined in recent years. Curlews are now on the RSPB Red List of threatened birds.
Who doesn’t like chattering goldfinches? These cheery birds regularly feed on the many seeds which the salt marsh offers. In winter they flock here in large charms. Unlike the wading birds here they are not at risk. In fact in the last 50 years their population has probably doubled. It is nice to have a success story!
These are all available as limited edition prints
The prints are giclées and limited to only 25 prints of each painting.
A giclée is a very high quality, fine art, inkjet print. What makes this sort of print so special is the use of fade-resistant inks on acid-free paper. So this means the print will last for very many years.
The word giclée comes from the French verb gicler meaning to squirt or spray and was first coined by French printmaker, Jack Duganne, in 1991. An inkjet printer sprays ink onto paper to produce these archival quality prints.
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