Kingfisher & Sand Lance
These four-inch skinny salt-water fish swim in abundance in Puget Sound. Bigger fish and kingfishers, gulls, puffins, cormorants, diving ducks, and grebes dine on them. To escape, they bury themselves under the sands. Sometimes, while walking during a low tide, I will notice these little fish squirting from the sand in response to my heavy footsteps. Unlike the herring of the region, not a lot is
known about them even though, like herring, they are a vital food for salmon and other creatures.
Note: The feathers Maynard uses are from private aviaries and zoos. When birds shed or discard their feathers every year, he recycles them in his art. Most feathers used are from birds not native to North America—even the crow feathers. The exception to using feathers from North America are those from turkeys and grouse. All feathers used in Maynard’s artwork are legal to have and sell.