'Merlin Falcons' card
'Merlin Falcons' card
'Merlin Falcons' card
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'Merlin Falcons' card

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"I was so thrilled to be asked to take part in the Red 67 book project, to submit a piece of artwork helping to identify and raise awareness of the UK birds on the red list for conservation concern. Of the remaining birds on the list, I chose the most diminutive of our raptors, the merlin falcon. I haven't been fortunate enough to observe these beautiful birds of prey in the wild but I did some research before I put pencil to paper and found a local birds of prey centre that had two young merlin falcons, one male and one female, in residence at their sanctuary. I got in touch and they allowed me to pay them a visit to study them and take photographs in a close-up environment which was such a privilege. I was informed by one of the owners that the merlins are one of the only birds he will bring into his house during the winter to keep them warm and provide extra protection – he referred to the male as his 'car alarm' because he was constantly screeching! One of the many privileges of being a wildlife artist is the knowledge that I gain when conducting research on each subject. I believe the more you come to know and understand wildlife, the greater the love you will have for it and desire to protect it against decline. Discovering that the juvenile male merlin has brown feathers, much like that of the female, only darker, and once he reaches adulthood will develop remarkable blue-grey plumage on his upper parts - this distinguishable difference between the two sexes encouraged me to depict both a male and a female in my final piece. Their hunting behaviours and flight patterns are also unique. They mostly dash through the air at low levels, using the ground for cover and during hunting, they often mimic the flight patterns of other birds, such as a mistle thrush, (to which merlins are very close in terms of size,) in order to slip through undetected and get closer to its prey. They then chase their prey in flight, in an incredibly agile manner, usually preventing any escape attempts. Merlin falcons generally nest on the ground, concealed by heather, in a scrape nest, raising one brood each year." --Written for the BTO Cornwall newsletter.

'Merlin Falcons' card

Perfect for any occasion, this card is blank inside and is made from an original drawing by myself. This card has been printed in the UK on A6 290gsm card and supplied with a brown 100% recycled envelope. This card will be sent wrapped in a glassine paper sleeve which is 100% recyclable! All of my cards are now sent without plastic cellos to help cut down on single-use plastic waste. Glassine is a translucent, smooth, and slightly glossy paper that is air, water and grease resistant. All of my art cards are fully biodegradable and printed on recycled card. All of my packaging materials are also recycled, biodegradable, and plastic-free - even down to the tape!

I am a proud business supporter of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

This card is also available as a print in my shop.