Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm (plus frame)

Price : £1,950.00 (inc. VAT)

CURLEW (Numenius arquata)                                                                                NOVEMBER

The Curlew is a mysterious bird with its long, slender, down-curved bill, mottled brown plumage and plaintive cry. Their name Numenius is from the Ancient Greek Noumenios and appears to be derived from neos, “new” and mene “moon”, referring to its crescent-shaped bill. They are from the ancient lineage of scolopacid waders. Curlews breed in solitary situations, especially in wet and marshy places like sea-shores, creeks, mud-banks and sand flats of rivers. They walk well, wade deep and are easily able to swim. Their food is made up of worms, molluscs, crabs and other invertebrates. This bird is all seeing – there is a story of a Curlew rescuing a Saint’s book from the sea, and, in return, being granted divine protection. The holy man could walk on the water, but one Sunday he dropped his book of sermons into the sea, where it floated out of sight. A Curlew swooped down and picked up the volume; placed it on a rock above the waves from which the Saint was able to retrieve it. In gratitude, the Saint prayed for a protective blessing on the bird, and, since then, ’nobody ever knows where it makes its nest.’