Red Kite Print

I am selling open edition prints of my Red Kite drawing that was successfully auctioned in September 2014. The online auction raised £70 for the RSPB, and the funds are being used to help monitor Kites in the Black Isle/Ross-shire area.

All profits from the sale of prints will be donated to help Red Kite conservation in Scotland.

If you would like to see one of the prints 'in the flesh', there is one on display at Argaty Red Kites at Doune, near Callander, where you can also witness the spectacle of Red Kite feeding time!

Prints can be purchased via my online shop here. If you prefer to purchase by cheque, please email me for details on portraitspets@aol.com

The prints are A4 size (297mm x 210mm / 11.7" x 8.3") and are mounted in a white mount with backing board. Total size including mount is 355mm x 280mm / 14" x 11". Each mount has a certificate of authenticity and is sent in a protective cellophane sleeve.

The cost is £20 per print and includes postage and packing - items are sent by Royal Mail's 2nd class signed for service (small parcel rate).

A mini print is also available.



Fundraising for Scotland's White-tailed Eagles - ongoing

The White-Tailed Eagle (sea eagle) was persecuted to extinction in Britain around one hundred years ago, and the hard work by the reintroduction programmes past and present has given us the opportunity to view these magnificent birds of prey in Scotland once again. It is an amazing sight to see them soaring effortlessly above on their huge outstretched wings.

My first introduction to the White-Tailed Eagle came when the Mull pair Frisa and Skye were featured on BBC’s Springwatch programme raising their chicks Itchy and Scratchy, and from that point on I had wanted to see one for myself.  My first sighting of the ‘flying barn door’ finally came in August 2010, when a juvenile from the east Scotland reintroduction flew past my back garden of all places! 

My art work gives me the opportunity to be able to raise funds that can help towards safeguarding the future of the White-Tailed Eagle in Scotland, which is still persecuted to a degree.

Many thanks to Debby Thorne, Dave Sexton, and Rhian Evans, who have helped to promote my fundraising and shared their eagle knowledge!


East Scotland Sea Eagles (ESSE)

The ESSE reintroduction phase began in 2007, when the first east coast eagles were released from a secret location in Fife.  A further five years of releases followed, the last being in 2012.

In October 2011 I was part of a small group who spent an afternoon with the ESSE team radio tracking the eagles, and we were lucky enough to see several. I have been privileged to have a few more local encounters since then - something I could never have dreamed of just a few years ago. In 2014 I was part of a nest watch team keeping watching over the Fife breeding pair, the first to breed in eastern Scotland for almost 200 years!

As well as the ‘serious’ art, the east Scotland White-Tailed Eagles have been a big inspiration for my Eagle Antics cartoon characters, and some of the characters are based on real-life eagles that I’ve seen. Unlike their cartoon counterparts, the real eagles have yet to be seen wearing woolly hats and jumpers, despite the Scottish weather!

My current fundraising for the East Scotland Sea Eagles includes a selection of prints in my that I will be donating profits from sales to the Project.  As soon as I have raised a few pounds, I will send on the money to the RSPB.  To view my eagle items for sale, please visit my online shop.

At the end of 2014 I raised £17 for the East Scotland Eagles through book and print sales.


For further information about the East Scotland Sea Eagles, please visit:
Website http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/sea-eagles/
Blog http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/eastscotlandeagles/default.aspx

To report sightings, email 
eastscotlandseaeagles@rspb.org.uk

Isle of Mull

Mull, or Eagle Island as it has become known, is somewhere I have wanted to visit ever since I saw Skye and Frisa on BBC's Springwatch.  I finally visited in 2012. It may have been a brief overnight camping trip (on what was probably one of the coldest nights in June!), but on that occasion I was still lucky enough to spot an eagle shortly after arriving, which turned out to be one half of a pair that were nesting nearby.

I have since returned to Mull and witnessed many more White-tailed Eagles, including watching a pair nest building, and youngsters soaring. In March 2015 I finally saw either Skye or Frisa flying past, which made my day!

I have a selection of prints available in my online shop that I will be donating the profits to Mull’s White-Tailed Eagle Project - a little thank you to Skye and Frisa for inspiring me all of those years ago.

As at the end of 2014 I have raised £218 for Mull's White-tailed Eagles, through prints sales and an online art auction.


For further information about the Mull Eagles, please visit:
Website RSPB Mull's White-Tailed Eagles
Blog http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/b/mulleagles/default.aspx
Facebook Mull Eagle Watch
Twitter @skyeandfrisa
 
     
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