Graphite When I was photographing the buntings on the boat I caught this one just as it was launching forward into a big hop with only the tips of its toes still touching the ground. Even with the photo it was very difficult to capture that forward taking off action. 2 Responses Erin Curtis June 10, 2014 The drawing is absolutely breath taking. thank you for posting your amazing talents. My kids love looking at the drawings that you all post. my oldest wants to know what there mating ritual is when they are in the arctic? Also my youngest little man wants to know how do they find a mate while be in the arctic? Thank you again for sharing your talent. Reply Chelsea Clarke June 15, 2014 Thanks Erin! I’m glad your kids are enjoying the drawings. The male snow buntings return to the tundra to nest first and they each stake out a territory with good nesting sites. The nest sites are usually in crevices in rock piles since there is not much protection on the open tundra. Then the females arrive 4 to 6 weeks later and I’m not sure exactly how they find each other, but from what I’ve read it sounds like the female probably chooses a male based on his territory and nest site. The buntings we saw were all males on their way north for the summer. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.