Darwin’s Shorebirds

Not all of us are able to study Darwin’s Finches in their native Galapagos Islands, but we can observe evolutionary adaptations among local birds. Shorebirds developed extraordinary diversity in their bills, enabling them to take advantage of separate ecological niches. Coastal estuaries, inland ponds, grasslands, deserts and even forests are home to shorebirds because of their varied adaptations to find food. During migration hundreds of thousands of shorebirds feed together at critical stopover sites to quickly refuel for their long-distance journeys. On a mudflat, a mixed flock may feed side by side because they reap a food source from different depths in the mud. Survival of migratory shorebirds depends upon conservation of these rich habitats.

Windows On Evolution: An Artistic Celebration of Charles Darwin 2013
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2013 Annual Exhibition

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus), Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata), American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Medium: Walnut ink
Size: 9” w x 8” h
Original: US$1,200.00
Archival Print: $40.00