20 March 2016
Accompanied by our good friends John and Geraldine Sanderson, Miriam and I attended the Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships. What a wonderful event! It will be on my calendar each year henceforth. It was amazing to discover people that we knew exhibiting their works at the very highest level.
This Northern Pintail captures every detail of the bird in such lifelike fashion.
The only minor irritation that I had was that people who had taken such care, and had demonstrated such incredible skill, didn't take the time to ensure that their work was correctly labelled. The formal name of this bird is Northern Pintail, not Pintail.
At the risk of being curmudgeonly I will point out a few other glaring errors as I show you more of the carvings.
The following two representations of waterfowl are, I think you will agree, spectacular.
The name should read Green-winged Teal, not Green-Winged Teal.
This Belted Kingfisher, was especially charming, and bear in mind that, at this level, every component has to be carved. No natural materials are allowed.
The following bird is labelled incorrectly as a drake; it is clearly a female Hooded Merganser; again exquisitely done with attention to detail, and carved and painted to perfection. Surely it is not too much to expect that it should be identified correctly.
This Short-eared Owl was the most stunning carving of all in my opinion, and judging from the comments of many, I was not alone. The bird was truly lifelike. The feathers had been carved with such delicacy it was easy to believe they were real; one almost felt like sleeking them down.
Once again the name is incorrectly spelled. It is Short-eared Owl and not Short-Eared Owl.
Among the other carvings of raptors, these two really stood out.
|Northern Goshawk - Male|