This piece represents a variation of the merlin seen in “Seaside Search“. The merlin again has a bead on a prey in the distance and is ready to launch. The feather separation is enhanced by a gust of wind. The diorama takes place on the stony side of an inland stream.
The merlin is of tupelo and the branch is of manufactured drift wood. The base is of natural maple burl. It may be seen at the Robert Paul Galleries.
This delightfully animated piece shows the concentration of this colorful little hunter. The merlin has spotted a prey down the beach and is captured at the moment of lift-off. Details show feather separation as he turns his head and centers his aim.
The merlin is full-sized of tupelo. The base is manufactured drift-wood, the sand is sand-blasted maple burl. It is 17″ tall and 15″X20″ broad. It is in a private collection.