The materials used for this giclée are all of the highest quality, printed on acid-free, museum quality, 100% cotton paper, using archival, pigment-based inks. Each piece is signed and numbered by the artist, backed by a white acid-free board, and packaged in a clear re-sealable art bag with a description and a certificate of authenticity on the back.
Wandering Tattler, ‘Ūlili, was created for the Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds, based on an amazing photograph by Jack Jeffrey. This ‘Ūlili, in full breeding plumage, was captured at a moment when the bird was stretching its wing in a yoga-like pose.
‘Ūlili are medium-sized shorebirds that “wander” extreme distances, and there is much still to learn about them. You can see them on shores and mudflats throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and on shorelines all around the Pacific basin. Their non-breeding plumage of soft grey on top, lighter colored below, and breeding plumage makes their neck, chest, and belly look like black and white zig-zag. They breed in Canada and Alaska from May through August, in tundras near rivers and ponds surrounded by small shrubs and grasses. Monogamous, a pair builds their nest with pebbles, twigs, and dry roots. Four eggs are laid, and the couple shares incubation for three weeks. Care of the chick is also shared until it fledges soon after hatching. ‘Ūlili eat invertebrates and tiny fish, and their call is a distinct, fast ki ree ree repeated over and over again. Their frequent tail-bobbing on land, and yellow legs, make them easy to identify.
You can learn more about Caren Loebel-Fried and her artistic process by visiting her bio page here.