Titicaca Grebe, Short-winged Grebe

Titicaca Grebe, Short-winged Grebe

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Titicaca Grebe, Short-winged Grebe by Russell Heselden
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
PODICIPEDIDAE
Order: 
PODICIPEDIFORMES
Genus: 
Rollandia
Species: 
microptera
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Gould, 1868)
Synonyms: 
Rollandia micropterum subspecies micropterum|Rollandia micropterum subspecies micropterum
Common names (Spa): 
Titikakataucher, Zampulln del Titicaca
Medium: 
Oil on board
Artist Statement: 
Titicaca Grebes are found at large, open lakes in the high Andes of South America. The most recent population estimate, which was as long ago as 2003, put Titicaca Grebe at only 1600 individuals and declining. The main cause of the falling numbers appears to be drowning in fishing nets, though some habitat is also at risk from contamination from heavy metal mining and from municipal dumping directly into lakes (HBW Alive). Since Titicaca Grebes are almost invariably seen out on open lakes with little vegetation that is what I wanted to show in the painting; a simple composition of the bird and the patterns on the water. Nothing else seemed necessary.