Done with Derwent Graphite pencil 8B – on grey hand-made paper – 25″ × 18″
“You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.”
- William Henry Hudson
The Black Eagle (Verreaux’s Eagle – Aquila verreauxii) is a fairly common resident and one of the most thoroughly researched eagles in Southern Africa. This magnificent species gets its scientific name from the 18th century naturalist Jules Verreaux, hence “Aquila verreauxii”. Black Eagles are endemic to and are found in South Africa at sea level from the Cape Province to the Drakensberg in Natal, to the Soutpansberg in the Northern Province and far beyond into the rock hills of southern Zimbabwe, Motopos Hills, where Cecil John Rhodes was laid to rest. The Motobos Hills is the home of the densest population of black eagles, this is the area where Val Gargett did her wondrous study of +/- 60 breeding pairs and wrote “The Black Eagle – A Study”, well worth a read if you are passionate about raptors, especially black eagles.
See the companion sketch Black Eagle in South Africa.
26th July 2010 – FEATURED in “Freedom to Shine”