Artwork paired with a symposium at the Ecological Society of Australia conference 2015
Artist: Kate Cranney
Symposium 11: Landscape-scale Restoration of a Ramsar Wetland
Media: Ink and collage
Introducing the black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus)—a leggy bird with a penchant for travel. A social species, black-winged stilts frequent wetlands, saltwater marshes and freshwater lakes across Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia. Black-winged stilts pretend to be injured and ‘fly around frantically’ if they fear predators will eat their unhatched eggs. But habitat destruction is the main threat to this wetland-loving species. Ramsar protected wetlands, like the Vasse-Wonnerup System, near Busselton in Western Australia, provides habitat for the black-winged Stilt and many other migratory species.
I did this drawing for Ed Dunens, a talented photographer and bird-enthusiast. Ed has taken some beautiful photos of the water birds of Lake Wendouree, in Ballarat, Victoria. You can find a map of Ballarat sketched through the stilt’s feathers, and an outline of both Lake Wendouree and the stilt’s geographic distribution at the bird’s feet.