A Wildlife Refuge; The Inception - Curlew Mating & Conception?
My favourite time of the year and already the breeding season is in full swing. But with one thing or another I’m finding time for fieldwork extremely tight and most days I do get a spare moment I tend to be out in my little corner of the property planting my shelterbelt which will, in a few years’ time, become one of the migrant hotspots in the whole of the county – one dreams! We also dug a small pond in the wettest corner of the field which, after 12 days, already has 27inches of water in it (this pic. was on day 6). No liner required!
The one bit of drawing I have done was from the semi-comfort of the near-completed extension. Curlew courtship seems to entail the male pursuing the female incessantly, occasionally tapping her on the rump with his bill whilst she threatens brutal retaliation and makes herself as unpleasant as possible. The little male is relentless yet she appears to give him no encouragement at all. How curlews actually manage to procreate given these circumstances is beyond me.
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Born and raised in a small rural village in South Yorkshire.
Graduated with a Ba(hons) in 1986.
Shortlisted for the Young European Bird Artist of the Year, 1991.
Winner of Wildscape Magazine's Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008 - editor's category.
Winner of World Birds category, BBC Wildlife Magazine Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2010.
Won the PJC award for Drawing at the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition, 2010.
Winner Birdwatch / Swarovski Artist of the Year, 2011.
Elected Associate Member Society of Wildlife Artists, 2011.
Writes and illustrates articles on birdwatching and general wildlife and country issues.
Author of Drawing & Painting Birds - The Crowood Press, 2010.
Lives in Orkney.