Charles Tunnicliffe RA (1901-1979) artist, engraver and book illustrator was the perfect choice for the 1996 stamp issue celebrating the founding of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust. He observed and sketched directly from nature and then when back in his studio spent hours creating a wonderful set of sketchbooks, works of art in themselves. Considered one of the greatest bird artists his collection now is now held at the Oriel Ynys Môn gallery, Anglesey an island where he had lived at 'Shorelands' on a river estuary from 1947 to his death.
His lapwing looks as though he has flown alongside it as it lazily beats its wings across the land.
Lucky indeed if you spot a bittern in the reeds it is camouflaged so well, if alarmed it freezes making it even more difficult to see. It famous booming heard in the spring it an attraction to the birding visitors in the nature reserve of Leighton Moss just across the bay from where I live.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps