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Inca Tern

Donated to Charity

July 2006

8" x 10", Coloured Pencils on 90lb white Stonehenge paper

The Inca Tern, Larosterna inca, is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna.

This uniquely-plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on the both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.

The Inca Tern breeds on rocky cliffs. It nests in a hollow or burrow or sometimes the old nest of a Humboldt Penguin, and lays one or two eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 4 weeks, and the chicks leave the nest after 7 weeks.

Sexes are similar; the adult is mostly slate-grey with white restricted to the facial plumes and the trailing edges of the wings. The large bill and legs are dark red. Immature birds are purple-brown, and gradually develop the facial plumes.

The Inca Tern feeds by plunge diving for fish like a Sterna tern. Its call is a cat-like mew.
-- WikiPedia

The original photo was taken by Pat Abbott and was used with her kind permission.

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Kathryn Arruda 02 Sep 2006

Beautiful colored pencil work- love the plumage & details!

Olga van Dijk 22 Aug 2006


Greg Joens 20 Aug 2006

Love the intense colors in the background!

Izabella Pavlushko 14 Aug 2006

beautiful watercolour, Ana. I like it.

Armando Salas 10 Aug 2006

You give a new dimension to the work with colored pencils. Gostéi, garota!:-)))