Call of the Wild – Bald Eagle – Signed Artist Proof Print by Robert Bateman
Hand Signed Artist Proof 20″ x 27″
Edition Size: 56
“The bald eagle is a bird found in the kind of countryside I especially like. It may be found in a variety of habitats, but the common factor is a sense of space, privacy and the presence of water. Luckily, there are still large areas of North America that are in this category. Unfortunately, in the last few decades this was not enough.
The use of agricultural pesticides, especially DDT, caused contamination even in remote areas. Entire watersheds were suddenly polluted, and the pesticides were concentrated in the larger fish which form an important part of the eagle’s diet. This caused infertility and a weakening of the eggshells. In a few years, the eagles were wiped out in much of their former territory. Now that DDT has been banned, there is evidence that they are coming back to these areas.
In this painting I have shown the bird in a dynamic calling pose. Although there is a fierce, bold thrust to the visual image, if you could hear the actual cry, you would probably be disappointed. It is a rather faint, high-pitched “chittering” noise. I have used the angular thrust of the dead tree to add to the force of the bird. In the far distance is a flock of gulls hinting at the proximity of water, which is the inevitable component of his habitat.” Robert Bateman
(Call of the Wild – Bald Eagle – Original – 1977, 60″ x 48″ Acrylic on Masonite)