Alfred P. Sloan
Patterns of Tranquility by Swedish artist, Lars Jonsson, shows eight Northern Pintails (see the inset and the back of the cover for the complete group).
Viewed through an Art "lens":
The artist, Lars Jonsson, calls attention to the female closest to the viewer, noting: "the intricate pattern of her
flank feathers and the reflection," and then describes other individuals: "The birds around her play supporting
roles. The stretched neck of the center male acts as a 'church tower'
to guide the viewer to the 'central plaza' of the community." Jonsson also describes the female to the near left".
. . . Her closed eye, backward preening action, and downward pointing flanks
direct attention to where her body meets the water and the reflection
[Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 2005 Birds in Art Catalog, p. 73.]
Viewed through a Science "lens":
In addition to various degrees of male attentiveness, the painting neatly portrays
unihemispheric sleep. Unihemispheric sleep is the notion that some animals--for example seals, dolphins,
and other marine mammals who must sleep but also remain in motion day and night when at sea are thought to sleep half a brain at a time. These birds are thought to be unihemispheric sleepers, too.