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Golden eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos)

Golden eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos)

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Golden Eagle
Aquila chrysaetos


This bird was a large female in perfect condition so I planned to create a spectacular mount, getting inspiration from the painting “The Lost Stag” by Archibald Thorburn. I went ahead with this idea using a red stag shoulder form. I started with a base board of MDF to which I fixed a back board of mdf. Then laying a range of fibre glass rocks, I layed the red stag shoulder form over this area then heavily altered the neck to lay over the rocks. Using urethane foam I sculpted the shoulder area and a small part of the chest until I reached the back board, once happy with the shape of the stags body I cut away the excess from the backboard leaving only the shape of the stag. I used an extra-long stag cape which incorporated the front legs to ensure enough skin. The stag was modelled without an eye to give the impression the stag had been there for some time, also wetting the fur of the stag with a weak solution of pva glue and water would give a weathered look to the animal. Then finally the eagle was mounted on the shoulder of the deer with a proud look of satisfaction on the bird.




The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. Once widespread across the Holarctic, it has disappeared from many of the more heavily populated areas. It has a wingspan averaging over 2 m (7 ft) and up to 1 m (3 ft) in body length.