Curlew Sandpiper

By Katrina Tracuma – View Artist’s Profile

While on passage from northern Siberia south to winter in tropical Africa and the Mediterranean, the Curlew Sandpiper is rarely seen in Ireland outside of autumn. Occurs in very small groups singly, in coastal marshes and estuaries, and almost all are juveniles. Feeding on invertebrates found on mudflats, this passage bird does not breed in Ireland. Green conservation status. Source: Bird Watch Ireland.


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This work is part of series titled Biohazard – a body of work exhibited at Joan Clancy Gallery in 2019 as part of a two person show with artist Anna O’Riordan, titled From Land & Strand.

Featuring fauna most commonly prevalent within the biodiversity of the Cunnigar ‘sand spit’ formation in Ring, Dungarvan, and the greater locality of County Waterford, this series explores our regard towards these species and their habitat.

​Reflecting on how perhaps even the lesser known animals – not currently famous for their declining populations or being red listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of direct threats to their ecosystem – are still affected by the current anthropocene epoch of significant human impact on climate and the environment.

​Nature is not disappearing from our backyards. Species are not being lost. We are actively engaged in erasing our natural environment along with the individuals that inhabit it. According to a study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, humans and livestock now account for 96% of mammal biomass on Earth. The biomass of poultry is about three times higher than that of wild birds.


Katrina Tracuma




Acrylic, ink and oil on stretched canvas


30cm in diameter