Three piping Oystercatchers

Four piping oystercatchers

I love Oystercatchers, and I find their displays mesmerising. I recently watched a video of piping Oystercatchers, which reminded me of this curious display in which two or more individuals display and inspired me to draw this sketch. During piping, the birds call excitedly with head pointing down, bill open, often walking or running in parallel. The carpal joints are partially open giving a hunched appearance. There is also some rapid change of directions, and head bobbing in a jerky fashion. Piping appears to be a type of contest, in which individuals assert or establish their dominance and resolve disputes about territory or food. The bowed position, and fluffed head feathers may be a way in which apparent size is increased and the parallel walk allows individuals to size and assess each other. Ink, pencil and watercolour on my Wacom tablet.

Inktober drawings

This October, I used Inktober as motivation to draw daily. I was not close to a drawing every day, but I managed a few drawings. All these are physical drawings, most on black sharpie on paper

LittleOwlInktober1Ag

Little Owl.

PiedFlycattcherInktober3

Singing Pied Flycatcher

ChalkChocolateRazorbill2

Razorbill

JackdawPairInktober4

Pair of Jackdaws.

PipingOystercatchersInktober5

Piping Oystercatchers.

BlackbirdtailcockedInktober6

Blackbird with cocked tail.

CootreflectionOnktober7

Coot.

Whinchat on the tallest sunflowerInktober14

Whinchat.

TreecreeperFrozenInktober9

Treecreeper.