Nightblindness Kiwi A3
Limited Edition digital print
by artist Nikki McIvor
Coloured pen, coloured pencil and acrylic
New Zealand’s iconic bird, the kiwi, is severely endangered. Some species are more so than others. The Common Brown Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) lives in the wild in several populations in New Zealand.
Kiwi are nocturnal. It is also thought that they sought the shadow of night to avoid the hunting birds that once ruled New Zealand’s daytime skies, relying on sight and sound to find their prey.
Being flightless, they have relatively few defences; so they rely on their beaks, claws, whiskers and an acute sense of smell to avoid predators but also hunt out their food living underground.
Says Nikki about this drawing: “I imagined a kiwi emerging from its burrow
to hunt in the moonlight, ready to hunt but also to defend itself if need be.”
Wild Grey Fox produces images by Nikki McIvor onto prints, cards, gift tags and homeware like tea towels, aprons and grocery bags. Our aim - objects that are lovely to use, ecologically responsible and made to last.