The Campbell Island Teal is endemic to Campbell Island, hence its name. It was actually a mystery bird for 87 years. It is the smallest of 3 types of teal and so it wasn't known until 1973 that it existed in its own right when a tiny population of 11 birds was discovered on a small island just off Campbell Island. Rats had wiped out the main population on Campbell Island.
One of its most intriguing characteristics is that its behaviour is described as furtive. It was this secretive and nocturnal behaviour I was keen to portray as this, together with the inaccessibility of the sites it occurs and the dense vegetation it inhabits, makes the birds difficult to study. Most likely to be encountered at the shoreline picking among rocks and seaweed, I have depicted both male and female teals here as the night draws in.
Please note the original of this painting is not for sale as it forms part of an installation called 'Silent Skies' - a collaboration between Artists for Conservation and the 27th International Ornithological Congress being held in Vancouver. The installation will tour internationally from August 2018 and limited edition giclee prints are available from Artists for Conservation from 1 May 2018.