Snake Stamper – Secretary Bird – Absolute Hooligan
Snake Stamper Art - Secretary Bird
Medium: Spray paint, graffiti cleaner, acrylic, Scottish peat, Highland Midges on canvas - 100cm x 120cm
Working with a mixture of mediums. Montana Gold spray paint is the main stay of the bird art projects, mixed with Liquitex spray paint. Mix that with traditional oil and acrylic paints, ink, graffiti cleaner, Scottish peat and Highland midges entombed in paint. Giving a voice to the rare and exotic bird species of the world.
Deeply connected to the wild places of the world the art studio can be found in the Highlands of Scotland. However much the remote influences the art the work, it is firmly connected to the contemporary urban art scene. Absolute Hooligan exotic bird paintings can be found on walls and in private client collections around the world.
The Secretary bird or secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a very large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Saharan region. Although a member of the order Accipitriformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, hawks, vultures, and harriers, it is given its own family, Sagittariidae.
It appears on the coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa.
The generic name Sagittarius is Latin for "archer," perhaps likening the secretary bird's "quills" to a quiver of arrows, and the specific epithet serpentarius recalls the bird's skill as a hunter of reptiles. Prey is often flushed out of tall grass by the birds stomping on the surrounding vegetation. It also waits near fires, eating anything it can that is trying to escape. They can either catch prey by chasing it and striking with the bill and swallowing (usually with small prey), or stamping on prey until it is rendered stunned or unconscious enough to swallow.