Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wise Woodpecker!

Whilst the cold snap has brought the birds into our gardens in increasing numbers, it has also brought the predators - among them the ever-controversial sparrowhawk.
A fast and single-minded killer, most of us are only ever aware of a sparrowhawk ambush after the event - when we spot a chilling pile of feathers on the lawn.One winter I saw a woodpecker dodge one. The incident became the subject of the painting above. For more on the story click here to link to my latest column in The Yorkshire Post.


  1. Love the painting and the story behind it!! Great job on the details and color choice!!


  2. Great story, fantastically painted Robert.
    Interesting to hear how the woody avoided capture.