Here is an illustration I did last week for a friend’s thesis. She is studying the population dynamics of Grey Faced Petrels (Pterodoma macroptera). Grey faced petrels are a NZ native and are classified as not-threatened. However like most seabirds in NZ, they are at risk of predation by mammalian predators in their onshore nesting grounds.
The illustration shows a parent and chick, and is quite large (42 x 30cm). Completed in graphite pencil and black watercolour. I’m quite enjoying the monochrome palette at the moment!
If you are interested in learning more about these cool little birds, check out NZ Birds Online.
Till next time!