Max Boyce lying


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Not long after I arrived in the Karoo I had the opportunity of getting to know a Pale Chanting Goshawk rather well.  Marie, the matron at Victoria West hospital and a close friend of the Conroys, came across a Chanter on the road which appeared to be injured and unable to take off.  She brought him to me and, under close examination, we found that both of the bird’s feet were tightly clenched and he appeared unable to open them and stand up, let alone take off.  I consulted Veterinary Aspects of Captive Birds of Prey by John Cooper – my bible for such situations – and learnt that goshawks sometimes get paralysis of the legs from vitamin deficiency.  We fed him lots of natural prey together with vitamin supplements, and his satisfaction with this treatment was evident in his merry chanting as he sat on his elbows in my studio.  In fact he was so vociferous that I named him after that famous Welsh songster, Max Boyce.

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Dimensions42 × 29.5 cm

Fine Art Print, Original Artwork

Rob Davies

Rob studied art at school to A level and has kept the interest in painting going alongside a career in biology and conservation.  Although he prefers to sketch and paint from life in the field, Rob has been commissioned to do exact bird illustrations for various publications including journals, a monograph on the Black Eagle and a field guide to African birds of prey.

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