Half Shoreline ‘Avocet, Redshank and Godwit Collection’
Sculptor – Alan Glasby
Edition of 12
Height 32cm, Width 45cm, Depth 27cm
Shorebirds are birds commonly found along sandy or rocky shorelines, mudflats or shallow waters. Avocets are a distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.
Redshanks as the name suggests most distinctive features are their bright orange-red legs. They have a medium-length bill with an orange base to match, brown speckled back and wings and paler belly.
Black-tailed godwits are large wading birds. In summer, they have bright orangey-brown chests and bellies, but in winter they are more greyish brown. Their most distinctive features are their long beaks and legs and the black and white stripes on their wings.
Female black-tailed godwits are bigger and heavier than the males, with a noticeably longer beak (which helps the sexes to avoid competing for food with each other). They are very similar to bar-tailed godwits, this bird breeds in the Arctic and as the name suggests has different feather markings.