Hobby Falcon chasing Swallow

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Hobby Falcon (Falco subbuteo)

This is a bird I have always wanted to do flying, either catching a Swallow or Dragonfly.  I eventually got a good adult carcass of a bird that had hit a wire.  The bird was perfect, so it was down to me to try and keep it that way.

I tried to recreate the illusion of it catching a Swallow over a bit of spring bog.  The base of the bog water has a vac formed hollow to take the depression of the water and the Swallow is suspended via a wire protruding from the toe of the Hobby, travelling along the outer tail feather of the Swallow and the Hobby is suspended via a wire coming from its tail and into a log.  I'm not very happy with the hiding of this wire and need to better this on any next project.

I displayed the bird at the the Guild of Taxidermists' annual conference in 2013 and it won the following awards:

  • Bird Taxidermy Competition
  • Best of Show
  • Wagstaffe Trophy awarded for best cased item
  • Best Groundwork
  • Master Credit

For the moment, I am keeping this Hobby and will list it on this site when I decide to sell it.

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