Looking like an eagle who suddenly found himself at the circus and was told to put on stilts, a ridiculous wig and make-up, the secretarybird is something of a curiosity in many ways.
Although they look like they might belong to the stalk or crane family, secretarybirds are actually birds of prey, related to falcons, eagles and hawks. They live in Africa where they use their supermodel legs to trample upon unsuspecting mice and lizards in the long grass. Their rather studious name is thought to have been derived from the fetching crest of quill-like feathers atop their head, giving them the appearance of a secretary with a pen behind his ear.
This original ink drawing features a wide shot of the bird in action, plus a close up of his head. I painted the artwork with vibrant inks and coloured pencils on 300gsm Cotman watercolour paper. It is framed in a 12 x 12 inch frame made of painted solid pine, and finished with UV glass to protect the ink from fading in sunlight.
Artwork is signed and dated on the front, and comes with d-loops on the back, so that it is ready to hang.