Campbell Teal

Campbell Teal

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Campbell Teal by Fiona Goulding
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
ANATIDAE
Order: 
ANSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Anas
Species: 
nesiotis
Population trend: 
increasing
Authority: 
(Fleming, 1935)
Medium: 
Oil
Artist Statement: 
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.