Birds of Shore and Sea #1

Stone Curlew or Burhinus oedicnemus (2011)

Watercolour on paper, 210 × 297mm.

A strange, rare summer visitor to southern England, the stone-curlew is a crow-sized bird with a large head, long yellow legs and relatively long wings and tail. Active at night, and its large yellow eyes enable it to locate food when it is dark. It is not related to curlews and gets its name from its curlew-like call.