Faansie Peacock will have about an hour, perhaps a little more, to present “The weird and wondrous world of waders” to the audience at the Club’s first monthly meeting of the year tomorrow.
But there is a lot more to the subject, as is demonstrated by the book on waders that he has just published.
“More than two years of full-time writing and painting went into the production of ‘Chamberlain’s Waders’,” he says on his website.
The book “thoroughly covers the 80 species of waders found in Southern Africa – these include the usual suspects, as well as sheathbills, buttonquails, coursers and pratincoles,” he says.
“In addition, the book features 21 species of potential vagrants that are likely to be seen in Southern Africa in future (if you see one, please call me!). This total of 101 species represents more than 40% of the world’s wader species.
“‘Chamberlain’s Waders’ has a very strong visual component, subscribing to the principle that a picture is worth a thousand words. The book includes more than 600 new colour paintings.
“The colour plates form the main component of the book, and each wader, is lavishly illustrated, with 5-10 images per species.
“Illustration would typically take me about 3-5 hours per image, and involve a gradual build of some 30-40 layers. Colours are matched to hundreds of reference photos.
“Perhaps because they require so much more time and effort, I viewed the paintings as the main component, and the accompanying text only as supportive.
“Both are attempts at capturing birds’ lives and characters, and I hope that my excitement for waders shines through.”
Faansie says more than two years of full-time writing and painting went into the production of ‘Chamberlain’s Waders’. “The book follows the formula of my previous book, ‘Chamberlain’s LBJs’.”
Faansie will bring both books for interested members of the audience to buy for cash or by card.
The meeting, in the Fernkloof Reserve Hall, will begin at 19:00 tomorrow (Wednesday 18 January). Liquid refreshments will be available, as usual, from 18:30.