This is a preening Semi-Palmated Sandpiper, a mouthful for such a small bird. Life size in this position length is 5 3/4" by 2 1/4" wide. Mounted on a carved Quahog clam, which is a nice solid base.
Bird has painted brass tack eyes, bill and eyes are glossed. Entire bird is waxed to bring up the form and color. Painted in flat acrylics, wood burned and some texturing.
These small sandpipers can be found on beaches and mud flats, in company with Sanderling and other shorebirds. Their light weight allows them to explore the softest mud as they forage for food. Last photo shows take-apart-Curlew listed this week as well. The item "Anthony Hillman Preening Sandpiper Decoy Shorebird on Clam Shell duck goose crow" is in sale since Friday, June 19, 2020. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys".The seller is "hillmandecoy06" and is located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.