Joyeuse Fête des Mères mami!!! Merci pour ton affection maternelle et ton amitié.
I drew the Black-winged Stilt and nest from a photo in Audubon’s Bird – The Definitive Visual Guide about a month ago. I thought the nest would make this drawing a perfect Mother’s Day post. However, I can’t tell if the bird in the photo is a male or female. I don’t think the book authors can tell either, since the bird is labelled “Adult Black-winged Stilt”. Both the male and female of the species spend time incubating the eggs. And when the chicks hatch, they are fed by both parents.
The Black-winged Stilt is an “Old World” bird. It has one close relative in the Americas, the Black-necked Stilt. I’ve never seen a Black-winged Stilt in real life but I did see a few Black-necked Stilts when I visited The Gilbert Water Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona last December.
Laura at Create Art Everyday is back as host of Draw-A-Bird-Day this month. Thanks Laura! Check out her beautiful May bird here and links to other bird drawings will be sprinkled throughout the Comments section.