Gossip Column by KenG ()
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Finishing up my update of Shorebird v3 with an iray render I call "Gossip column".
It depicts a group of Wandering Tattlers being confronted by a couple Great Knots. Yes, Tattlers and Knots are types of birds. Here's a little about each type of bird:
Great Knots are long-distance migrants that largely travel along the Asian coast making few stopovers but utilizing different routes in the autumn and the spring. It breeds from late-May to late-June, departing the breeding grounds in July and arriving on the wintering grounds between August and October. The return migration to the breeding grounds takes place from March to April although juvenile non-breeders often remain in the tropical parts of the wintering range for the breeding season. The species forages in large flocks of one hundred to several thousand at favored sites on passage, but during the winter it typically forages in small groups.
In the Chinese, North Korean and South Korean regions of the Yellow Sea (a major stopover area) the species is threatened by the degradation and loss of wetland habitats through environmental pollution (e.g. oil contamination of intertidal mudflats), reduced river flows and human disturbance (e.g. from off-road vehicles, tourists and hunters). It is listed as a "threatened" species in Australia.
The Wandering Tattler can be found in Australia as well as Americas. It migrates from Alaska and northwest Canada to the southern California coast and beyond, with some birds crossing the Pacific Ocean to spend the winter in Australia and on islands in the South Pacific. It is often found on rugged, rocky coastlines, jetties, and breakwaters, but during migration may be found on sandy beaches and coastal estuaries.
The name "wandering" refers to its widespread occurrence over vast portions of ocean. "Tattler" refers to its voice; its practice of giving alarm calls when perceived threats are nearby, alerting other shorebirds to the danger. Its call is a series of clear, hollow whistles, all on one pitch. It is believed that hunters named the bird for these calls, which warn other birds of approaching danger.
A group of tattlers are collectively known as a "whisper" of tattlers.
Rendered in Iray without any postwork. Models featured are Nerd3D's Waves at the Beach and my Songbird ReMix Shorebirds v3: Small Waders.