printed on Giclée Hahnemühle German Etching
There are twelve species of oystercatcher in the world, two are found in the UK and all look very similar. With an appearance of a smartly turned out waiter complete in tuxedo, a striking bright orange beak and an unmistakable call. To my mind, these birds, more than any other, help define the landscape and identity of Orkney.
This image is a remix of the Pied oyster-catcher from ‘Birds of America’ (1827) by John James Audubon and etched by Robert Havell.
The original Birds of America is the most expensive printed book in the world and a truly awe-inspiring classic.