This bald eagle is intent on something. It’s landing? Or its prey? Can you feel the air beneath its wings and the rush of air as its wings brush past.
Celebrating this iconic bird in a riot of rich colour, as its wings catch the light, I hope you can feel the weight and energy of this magnificent creature.
Painting in watercolour on a specially prepared deep edge canvas (60x60cm), it is of course the national bird of America, appearing on its seal. It was removed from the endangered species list not too long ago.
Bald eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of the word, “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.
Did you know it builds the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to a metric tonne in weight.