Here are the first two ripples I contributed to Kelly's fantastic Ripple blog. Simple though they may seem, I researched quite a few photographs and videos to make sure I got the look of each bird correct.
plover really spoke to me. It's one of the dozens of coastal birds that depend on the marshlands and shallows for its survival. As if the oil spill wasn't bad enough, plovers are endangered in many areas of the country because they nest, hunt and live on the beach itself. Increased human activity and development have all but obliterated their habitat.
My birds are on their way to Louisiana right now. Here's what they ended up looking like:
(I used gouache and white and black ink to make these little jewels.)