Birds of Shore and Sea #4

Snipe or Gallinago gallinago (2011)

Watercolour on paper, 210 × 297mm.

Snipe are medium sized, skulking wading birds with short legs and long straight bills. Both sexes are mottled brown above, with paler buff stripes on the back, dark streaks on the chest and pale under parts. They are widespread as a breeding species in the UK, with particularly high densities on northern uplands but lower numbers in southern lowlands (especially south west England). In winter, birds from northern Europe join resident birds.

Birds of Shore and Sea #3

Lapwing or Vanellus vanellus (2011)

Watercolour on paper, 210 × 297mm.

Also known as the peewit in imitation of its display calls, its proper name describes its wavering flight. Its black and white appearance and round-winged shape in flight make it distinctive, even without its splendid crest. This familiar farmland bird has suffered significant declines recently and is now an Red List species.