Having a passion for birds can lead you into trouble. It fosters grand ambitions.
I do not live the right life for keeping the real thing; the next best thing has to be making and painting them.
The corvid (should have been a raven but it clearly is a generic crow) took months and made me cross. But what a learning curve.
Then I read Jackie Morris’ wonderful Queen of the Sky
Well needless to say the first steps have not been easy
Once done, I measured and checked online (not many people give you the average toe measure for a peregrine). Eventually I came to the conclusion that the feet were too big.
Batch two, slightly smaller (I estimated the lengths based on my bird book tarsus measure and took it as a ratio of tarsus to central toe) and hopefully a better looking foot.
The next step is the central armature and the shaping. I hope to have a needle felted peregrine by the end of the summer.
Not sure keeping the real thing wouldn’t be easier after all.