Tag Archive: birds of prey

This delightful sculpture shows that it’s all  in how you see it. From the mouse’s view, it can be worrisome; while from the kestrel’s  view, it’s beautiful. This piece was done at the Vermont Raptor  Academy’s October event 2010.

The kestrel and mouse are of  tupelo, the base is of  exotic African hardwood(petsmarticus) and Herrmann cherry.

It is in a private collection.

Finally, it is complete! The piece shows three focal points:

  The big picture is of a set of cliffs in Northern Vermont on Mount Pisgah. It shows the beauty of Vermont in the fall with the majesty of the fall colors.

The central portion is a depiction of the view through a birder’s spotter scope as it captures the motion of a Peregrine Falcon in full stoop. It depicts the 45 degree angle of the dive and the spiral nature of the flight as seen in the over/underlapping wings.

The smallest focus is the wood ducks which are in flight mid-way between the birder and the cliff. The one bird has caught sight of the impending drama and has headed away from the diorama.

The judges did not appreciate the story, but the patron did!

Two Cute Hoots

Aegolius acadius

This delightful piece portrays the friendliest of the owls. A bit of artistic license is seen in this interpretation of a Floyd Scholz design-they could certainly be love birds. Actually, we now know what happens in the woods on cold nights.

The birds are carved of tupelo, the base is carved broad-leaf maple. It is in a private collection.

Winter Surprise

[Strix nebulosa]

This commissioned piece depicts the hunting ability of the Great Gray Owl who hunts through snow by means of its acute sense of hearing. The drama of the hunt is yet to be played out. Will the field mouse survive? The sculpture is 17” tall, the Owl has 24” wingspan and is 15 “ tall. It is a one-half scale representation.

The base is white cedar. The mouse and owl are of tupelo painted with acrylics. Both animals are cantilevered on single digits.

Falco sparverus

This striking 17″ sculpture was commissioned to complement the female American Kestrel carving. He proudly satisfies the curiosity of his mate as he perches across the room with his soon-to-be meal.

The base is maple burl, the branch, kestrel and mouse are tupelo. It is painted with acrylics.

Parabuteo unicinctus

This life-sized sculpture is 25% larger than the male and stands nearly three feet high.

This carving received an honorable mention at the 33rd Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition (2003), in the category of Intermediate Life-size Birds of Prey, as well as 2nd place at Concours Quebecois d’Sculpture Oiseaux (2003), in the category of Full-Size Birds of Prey. It is in a private collection.

Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus

This prairie falcon, a close relative of the peregrine, was carved at 1/3 scale. It perches above a cherry burl base. It is in a private collection.

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