Terriers Trivial Pursuits
Gurkhas of the dog species, full of character, mischief and brave beyond their size, Nipper, and Midge her daughter, are the subject of inspiration for many of my sketches. They start their day on full revs and I have no option but to do the same.
Grouse Over Mist.
Wild and glorious, the native Moorland Grouse only survive and flourish in any number in this harsh environment because of careful planning and land management of the heather and ling, which they need to feed on and also diligent control of predators and disease that threaten them.
Cock Pheasant with Turnip Barrow
Gladiators during the breeding season, these colourful and flamboyant, farmed game birds joust with each other for the attention of the smaller, buff brown females, using their dagger like ankle spurs as formidable weapons to slash their rivals head and chest, occasionally to the death.
Capercaillie Face Off !
In the remote pine forests of Scotland and as big as a turkey, the splendid and majestic male Capercaillie strut and clatter their throats to produce the legendary “horse of the wood” sound.
Gathering in a clearing, posturing and squaring up to each other, to impress the small, pretty brown females perched shyly on the lower branches to view the performance and eventually fluttering down to join the male of their choice.
Living on the surface in arable fields and shrubland, the hare’s athletic ability to “run like the wind” and “Turn on a Sixpence” is legendary when evading enemies such as foxes or birds of prey. In spring they gather in groups, usually at Twilight or Dawn, the females box and spa – fur will fly – but no injury; more a case of “only room for one female in this kitchen”.
The Celtic Hare
The Hare was so highly symbolic to the ancient Celtic Tribes of Britannia, and legend had it has it that Boudicca carried a companion Hare with her into battle.
Tenacious survivor with the ability to appear and disappear seemingly in the blink of an eye, Charlie fox, the beautiful vulpine omnivore that can make a meal out of almost anything it can scavenge or grab, and that doesn’t put up too much of a fight, domestic chickens being top of the menu choices.