Scottish Winter Spey Woodcock
Acrylic on stretched canvas
16″ x 16″ = Approx 40cm x 40cm
The Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) is a medium-small wading bird found in temperate and subarctic Eurasia. It has cryptic camouflage to suit its woodland habitat, with reddish-brown upperparts and buff-coloured underparts. Its eyes are set far back on its head to give it 360-degree vision and it probes in the ground for food with its long, sensitive bill, making it vulnerable to cold weather when the ground remains frozen.
The male performs a courtship flight known as ‘roding’ at dusk in spring. When threatened, the female can carry chicks between her legs, in her claws or on her back while flying, though this is rarely witnessed.
- 1 October – 31 January (England, Wales and NI)
- 1 September – 31 January (Scotland)
Artist biography – Tim Niall-Harris and his creative journey began in the remote corners of the world and then leached out onto canvas and paper. Working in a wide range of media Tim’s art gives voices to the rare and exotic bird species of the world.
Painting for many Highland estates in Scotland and featuring the game bird species of the Highlands. Tim’s exotic bird species have been exhibited galleries and homes of collectors in the UK and the world.
Deeply connected to the wild places where his studio can be found in the Highlands of Scotland. Work features paintings of Woodcock, Grouse, Partridge, Pheasant and of sporting days out on the hills.
For sporting avian art commissions please email us to discuss your requirements.