Peregrine Falcon chasing red grouse
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
This was my first competition win in 1992. I remember that day well and more importantly, all the work trying to make a nice piece of bird taxidermy and to get to a level that stood a chance of getting any award. Winning the Bird Competition with my Peregrine Falcon was a great milestone for me.
I now look back on the photo of the project and know it was not a great or even good piece, but luckily must have been the better item of bird taxidermy at the conference. In reality, all my wins are just fair birds and I am still hoping to get to a stage where I can produce a good piece of bird taxidermy.
Taxidermy students now have a great head start of sound techniques and theories which were not available when I started. I expect to see my students produce stunning work and embarrass mine; if you do not, you are letting your teacher and yourself down. Go for it and take the lead in taxidermy in the UK and hopefully around the world.