Woodcock Foraging - 2019
The woodcock or scolopax rusticola is a nocturnal bird that spends most of the day hidden in dense cover. Its mottled plumage provides the perfect camouflage. It is most active at dawn and dusk when it forages for worms and grubs. With its 360 degree vision, it keeps an eye out for predators while it is feeding.
They arrive in the UK in autumn to winter here, after migrating from Russia and Finland. Sadly, it is on the UK Conservation red list as the breeding population has declined.
Also available in silver on request.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I have always had a fascination with woodcock, which I regularly saw in the winter months in Cornwall where I grew up. My Grandfather had a fist size Archiebald Thorburn bronze woodcock sculpture which was a very tactile little object. They are a superbly camouflaged bird, well adapted to life in the woods and fields. With a bit of luck they can be spotted on a dark night with a spotlight, feeding on worms with their long bill. It is this behaviour I wanted to depict.