About the Bird Art:
The image is printed on Epson Premium Matte Paper with UltraChrome Ink; the color should last quite a long time. The print is then mounted on a cradled wood block and coated with a UV resistant protectant to prevent fading. Each block is signed on the back. Ready to hang from a sawtooth hanger attached to the back. Watermarks will not appear on print. Color may vary (based on your monitor settings).
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4" x 4": $44, 6" x 6": $55
This listing is for a limited edition, fine art print of my original painting of a Bateleur Eagle called, “Better Keep Your Eye on My Every Move”
This fancy eagle lives at The World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri. His name is Shadow. Bateleur means street performer in French, though the definition that applies to the Bateleur refers more directly to “tightrope walker” due to the rocking motion of their wings during flight.
But I think the more generic reference to street performer is also apropos. What makes this particular eagle so entertaining?
It could be their rather extreme mating ritual. The male diving down upon the female while in flight, and making incredibly loud wing claps, audible over a great distance. The male will often perform 360 degree rolls while the female flies on her back. Crazy, right?
Bird in a Box subscribers: this is the bird for April 2018.
The Making Of... (It's a long one)
About the Bird
More about the Bateleur Eagle
From The Peregrine Fund
Bateleurs spend quite a lot of time in the air soaring over great distances, sometimes more than 125 miles, in search of food. The Bateleur is a diurnal raptor, which means it actively hunts, flies and otherwise goes about its business during daylight hours and rests, or roosts, at night.
Perhaps more than any other eagle, the Bateleur is not very good at hiding its moods. Like a mood ring that changes colors depending on how the wearer of the ring feels, the skin on this raptor’s face and legs changes colors, too. When a Bateleur is calm and relaxed, its skin is generally a pale red, sometimes more orange color. However, when it gets excited, its legs and feet can quickly turn bright red.
The Bateleur is widely distributed in Africa, the world’s second largest continent. Though this medium-sized, colorful eagle is absent from the northern deserts of the continent, it is fairly widespread south of the Sahara Desert and can be found all the way into South Africa, west to Cameroon, and east into southwest Arabia.
Unlike many eagle species, however, the Bateleur is not found in areas of dense forest. This highly adapted hunter is an eagle of the plains and prefers open habitat such as woodland savannas and grasslands where it can easily be seen soaring at unusually low heights in search of prey, nesting in tall trees, or perching in snags.
Bateleurs are suffering the same fate as so many other wildlife species. Their range is shrinking in many areas due, in large part, to habitat loss. Even where habitat remains, these eagles are also being poisoned! Ranchers will often lace a dead cow, sheep or other bait with highly toxic poisons in an attempt to kill jackals, lions, hyenas and other predators that they fear might prey on their livestock. Because Bateleurs scavenge on carcasses, many of them die after ingesting these poisons, which are also responsible for the deaths of many other animals including vultures and storks. If this weren’t bad enough, scientists have documented that some of these eagles end up accidentally drowning in farm reservoirs, too.
Recent studies suggest that as long as individual Bateleurs remain in protected areas, such as national parks, they will do okay. But, as soon as they leave the boundaries of the park – remember, birds don’t recognize such things as country borders or park boundaries – they become vulnerable to poisoning. In some countries, people are even trapping or poisoning these birds in order to collect their feathers and other body parts, which are sometimes used in superstitious rituals. Clearly, this majestic eagle is in need of protection and could use our help now more than ever.
Feeling generous? You can donate to the Peregrine Fund here.