Woodcock Walking - 2019

Bronze, Signed Hamish Mackie, Numbered Edition of 12, Dated 2019
3,750 Inc. VAT
22cm high x 14cm wide x 28cm long x / 8.5" x 5.5" x 11"
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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.

Hamish has made a series of woodcock sculptures in celebration of this woodland game bird. Woodcock Walking 2019 makes a delightful trio with Woodcock Foraging 2019 and Woodcock Eating Worm 2019.

Also available in silver on request.

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Hamish sculpting woodcock
sculpting woodcock sculptures
woodcock sculptures in studio

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.