Falco sparverus

Winter Pride represents Jim’s first landmark achievement in bird carving and his first major competition success.

This stunningly fierce rendition of an American Kestrel, perched with its hard-fought prey in its talons, was recognized by the judges at the 31st Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland and was awarded the red second place ribbon for the Novice Decorative Life-size Wildfowl category. Winter Pride was Jim’s first entry to that competition. It is in a private collection.