Originally published in my blog August 2017.
I'm back! Sorry for the absence. I'm taking my time with my illustrations these days so that means fewer posts. So...let's begin
This illustration is inspired by the discovery of a new frog species in Southern India (in the state of Karnataka). For years the call of the Karaavali skittering frog was mistaken for the call of the White-throated Kingfisher. That was until a very clever herpetologist discovered that it was not the call of a kingfisher but in fact the call of a frog. Through audio and video documentation followed by DNA analysis the unknown frog was discovered and named. Thus the Karaavali skittering frog sprung forth from the throat of the White-throated Kingfisher (not literally of course). Alas, the frog is already threatened due to habitat loss. A cruel reality in the world of wildlife biology- discovery is followed by loss.
About This Illustration: When I read the linked article about the discovery of the Krivaavali skittering frog, this image took shape immediately. I somewhat incorporated Indian art and textile design into this illustration. It was a fun process involving watercolor, acrylic ink, India ink, and colored pencils.
You can purchase a print of this illustration through my Etsy shop, ScienceStories: https://www.etsy.com/listing/551252519/from-the-throat-of-the-kingfisher
If the plight of critters moves you, consider donating to:
Wildlife Conservation Society: https://www.wcs.org
The Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org
Audubon Society: http://www.audubon.org
Or other international or local conservation nonprofits. If you have the time please consider volunteering as well. I will write more about that in the future.