4 May 2012

Sand Martin

Sand Martins are the smallest of the European hirondines.   Flying all the way from south of the African Sahara, this one made landfall in South Devon at the weekend but probably died of exhaustion after Sunday night's storm.

I was moved to tears as I drew, thinking that this tiny, weightless, and now lifeless creature had so recently flown so far.

Charcoal and ink on 300gsm HP Arches

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