Saturday, August 4, 2012

American Oystercatcher - shore bird art

I guess this illustration might be coming a bit late in the year, but I'm just getting in the mood for the beach. I'm taking a late summer vacation at the beach in a few weeks. I love going to the shore late in the summer. It's a nice time of year there and there are a lot of neat birds around. I always get in the mood to go birding when I am out there.
This is a illustration I finished up yesterday of an American Oystercatcher. It is a larger shorebird and has a bright orange beak and eye ring. I drew this one at the shore line with starfish and sea urchins, where you often see them wading for oysters and mussels and such.

The inspiration for the illustration. A tidal marsh at Stone Harbor where I've seen Oystercatchers, Herons, Terns, Sandpipers, Plovers, and other shorebirds.

A mixed flock of different Terns and shorebirds.
I haven't done much bird watching this year. Can't wait to get out the binoculars and leave for the shore!

As usual, you can find prints in the shop:
American Oystercatcher 5x7 Print


  1. I love the colours you've used but that little, irregular patch of white on his wing is what makes it for me. Well done, David! Enjoy your vacation.

    1. Haha, thanks. I guess it's all in the details, as they say.

  2. great looking bird, love your work. interesting to see this oystercatcher too - the ones we have on the west coast are all black (but still have the red beak).