Illustrations featured in a new review on raptor vision in the journal ‘Diversity’

by Bryce W. Robinson

Figure 1 from Potier 2020. Potier included this phylogeny, adapted from our paper ‘Defining Raptors and Birds of Prey’ by McClure et al. 2019, to illustrate the dietary habits within each order of raptor. Image ¬©Diversity.

I’m very happy to see my illustrations put to good use in a new review on raptor vision by Simon Potier in the journal Diversity. Simon outlines a general trend, that predatory and scavenging raptors have specific visual adaptations that are geared toward their respective lifestyles, as you can see in the figure below. These adaptations are generally, independent of their taxonomic relationships.

Graphical abstract from Potier 2020. My illustrations of a Harpy Eagle and White-backed Vulture, used to represent their respective foraging guild and highlight the visual differences between predatory and scavenging raptors. Image ©Diversity.

I’m excited on many levels that Simon thought of me to illustrate for his paper. These illustrations are put to good use in this great review, but they’ll live on as the respective species profile images in The Peregrine Fund’s Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) as well. Given my current workload as a PhD student, and my ambition to continue to illustrate and provide these materials to GRIN and anyone else with illustration needs for peer-reviewed publications, etc., I find this willingness to collaborate and spread the use of these illustrations as a big win for everyone. In that regard, I thank Simon and The Peregrine Fund for their support and willingness to work together to achieve our respective objectives.

I’ve listed the following originals for sale in the shop. If you’re interested in purchasing these, click on the image. Thanks to all for the continued support of my work to integrate research and illustration in ornithology.