Kate Cranney: Black-winged Stilt and Lake Wendouree

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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

Website: www.katecranney.com

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.

Click here for an overview of symposium artwork at ESA 2015

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