Barn Owls prefer a mixed farming habitat with spinneys, ditches, rough pastures and well-managed field margins. Grassland makes good hunting ground, along with hay meadows. They are often found around farm buildings, barns and the edge of villages. A breeding pair of barn owls needs around 1.5 ha of rough grass.. This carving was hand painted, is life size.
The Eurasian eagle-owl is a species of eagle-owl that resides in much of Eurasia. It is also called the European eagle-owl and in Europe, where it is the only member of its genus besides the snowy owl, …This Eagle Owl was 30” tall and produced for a famous toy company owner in Denmark, it was hand carved and painted.
The golden eagle is one of the largest and most impressive of British birds, especially when seen soaring over a Highland glen or searching for prey over a hillside, with deep leisurely wingbeats. This Eagle is also hand carved from wood and hand painted and is also life size.
The largest falcon in the world, the ghostly Gyrfalcon is a fierce predator in the High Arctic, where it chases down ptarmigans in flight or plummets from the sky at breathtaking speeds to strike prey to the ground. This Falcon is life size and hand carved.
The all-black males have distinctive red wattle over the eye and show a striking white stripe along each wing in flight. They have a lyre-shaped tail which is fanned out and raised to show white under-tail feathers when displaying. The smaller grey-brown females have a slightly notched tail. Habitat loss and overgrazing have resulted in severe population declines. These were hand carved and painted, life size from wood.
Now the commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey. It is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow ‘V’ and the tail is fanned. Birds are variable in colour from all dark brown to much paler variations, all have dark wingtips and a finely barred tail. This Buzzard is life size, hand carved and painted.
The ostrich or common ostrich is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. In 2014, the Somali ostrich was recognised as a distinct species. This one is life size, hand carved and painted.
The Eurasian sparrowhawk, also known as the northern sparrowhawk or simply the Sparrowhawk, is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. Life size, hand carved and painted.
Moorhens — sometimes called marsh hens — are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family. Most species are placed in the genus Gallinula, Latin for “little hen”. This one is also life size, hand carved from wood and painted.
The great tit is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia, and parts of North Africa where it is generally resident in any sort of woodland; most great tits do not migrate except in extremely harsh winters.
Woodcock The woodcocks are a group of seven or eight very similar living species of wading birds in the genus Scolopax. The genus name is Latin for a snipe or woodcock, and until around 1800 was used to refer to a variety of waders. The English name was first recorded in about 1050.
Only two woodcocks are widespread, the others being localized island endemics. Most are found in the Northern Hemisphere but a few range into the Greater Sundas, Wallaceaand New Guinea. Their closest relatives are the typical snipes of the genus Gallinago.
Walnut Woodcock This is a contemporary carved piece in black walnut.
Snipe Snipes search for invertebrates in the mud with a “sewing-machine” action of their long bills. The sensitivity of the bill, though to some extent noticeable in many sandpipers, is in snipes carried to an extreme by a number of filaments, belonging to the fifth pair of nerves, which run almost to the tip and open immediately under the soft cuticle in a series of cells.
Robin Known simply as the robin or robin redbreast in the British Isles, is a small insectivorous passerine bird, specifically a chat, that was formerly classified as a member of the thrush family (Turdidae) but is now considered to be an Old World flycatcher. Life size Robin singing on a carved wooden apple.
Black Bird The common blackbird is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian blackbird, or simply blackbird where this does not lead to confusion with a similar-looking local species. A lifesize wooden carving of a Blackbird eating a berry.
Kingfisher Kingfishers or Alcedinidae are a family of small to medium-sized, brightly colored birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species found outside of the Americas.
Pheasant Pheasants are birds of several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae, of the family Phasianidae in the order Galliformes. The family’s native range is restricted to Asia.
Woodlark The woodlark or wood lark is the only extant species in the lark genus Lullula. It is found across most of Europe, the Middle East, western Asia and the mountains of north Africa.
Grouse Medium to large-sized ‘gamebirds’, grouse are somewhat partridge-like, with rounded bodies, short, broad wings and small heads with stout, arched bills. They feed on shoots, buds and seeds of small shrubs and herbs.