Wildlife Artist - Martin Ridley

Paintings of game bird species found in the United Kingdom

GAME BIRD PAINTINGS

On this page you can view a range of Martin's game bird paintings. He has studied these birds at various locations around the British Isles, but most of the paintings were inspired by his observations around his home in Scotland. The range of birds hunted for food varies in different parts of the world. Species of birds that have historically been described as game birds in Britain include ring-necked pheasants, grey partridge or English partidge, black grouse or blackcock, red grouse, red-legged partridges, ptarmigan, woodcock, capercaillie and snipe. Some of these are now protected species and most have a close season when hunting is not allowed. Close seasons are important as they give the game birds chance to breed successfully and move between breeding and wintering grounds. Sorry most of the game bird paintings on this page are already sold go to Bird Paintings for Sale to view the most recent original works.

Ring-necked Pheasants -  Game bird painting
"Tumbled Wall", Ring-necked Pheasants

Original oil painting
image 26 x 40 inches
Sold, 3/9/10 Currency Converter

Ring-necked Pheasant Paintings (Phasianus colchicus)

The common pheasant . The genus name comes from Latin phasianus, "pheasant". The species name colchicus is Latin for "of Colchis" a country on the Black Sea where pheasants became known to Europeans. Most kinds of pheasants are shy forest birds of Asia. The ring-necked pheasant is better adapted to open country and has been introduced in large numbers as a game bird to several parts of the world, including Britain. The pheasant is omnivorous and it's diet varies with season and place. It feeds on wide variety of grains and smaller seeds, fresh green shoots, buds, roots, berries, insects, spiders, earthworms, snails; rarely eats lizards, snakes, frogs, rodents. Diet may include more seeds in winter, more insects in summer.

Flushed Pheasants - Two cock ring-necked pheasants taking flight across the snow - bird painting
Flushed Pheasants

Original oil painting
image. 30 x 24 inches
£2225, Sold 22/12/08 Currency Converter

Black Grouse Paintings (Lyrurus tetrix)
Flight of Black Grouse - Bird painting in oils
Flight of Black Grouse

Original oil painting
image 30 x 22 inches
£2850, Sold 17/4/08

Game bird painting of  Black Grouse or Black Game
Displaying Black Grouse

Original oil painting
image 20 x 24 inches
Sold 12/7/15 Currency Converter

"Tails up" - original oil painting of displaying black grouse at the lek by Martin Ridley
"Tails Up ", Black Grouse at the Lek

Original oil painting
image 20 x 36 inches
Sold 9/12/12 Currency Converter

BLACK GROUSE
I am very fortunate to live in an area where I can observe these special birds. Black grouse are a real favourite and I revisit the subject regularly.

Black grouse are typically regarded as birds of early successional forest, either coniferous or birch, and of forest-edge habitats. Following reductions in the extent of natural forests, black grouse are now found in structurally similar habitats, such as mosaics of moorland and heathland, early stages of coniferous plantations, rough grazings and traditionally managed meadows.

Original oil painting of displaying black grouse at the lek - Gamebird painting
"Sunrise on the Moor", Black Grouse

Original oil painting
image 21 x 30 inches
£3875 Sold 8/7/15 Currency Converter

Black grouse have been declining throughout virtually all their European range over the last century. In Britain, the decline has been considerable over the last 150 years and the species is now mostly confined to Scotland and north-eastern England, with a small number in Wales. Even where the bird remains, numbers are still declining, in England numbers declined at 10% per year in the early 1990s and around 800 cocks were confined to the Pennine hills.

Since 1989, we have recorded a halving of the number of black grouse males on leks. The current estimate of the British population is 6,500 lekking males in spring. However, numbers fluctuate annually in relation to variations in breeding success.

Capercaillie Paintings (Tetrao urogallus)
Original oil painting of displaying capercaillie and grey hens at the lek - Gamebird painting
Capercaillie - Oil Painting for Sale

Original oil painting
image 29 x 39 inches
£10850 Sold 2/6/15 Currency Converter

The capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is a large game bird of open mature pinewoods. Males have a slate-grey plumage, with a blue sheen over the head, neck and breast, reddish-brown upper wings with a prominent white shoulder flash, a bright red eye ring, and long tail. Females are brown with a dark chestnut-red tail, which is fan-shaped.

framed capercaillie oil painting for sale

The global population of Capercaillie extends throughout the forests of mountainous and boreal regions of central Europe, Scandinavia, northern Asia and Siberia. Its UK range is small and centred on Strathspey, but extends south and west to the woodlands in Perthshire and around Loch Lomond as well as northwards into Ross-shire. The Scottish population of capercaillie is found mainly in native pinewoods, in particular the old Caledonian Forest habitat, with dense ground cover of blaeberry and heather, but will also use commercial conifer plantations and small numbers remain in a few upland oak woods in Tayside. Capercaillie require woodland containing trees of differing ages as well as boggy areas providing a good source of insects for chick feeding, and open areas where the male birds can 'lek'. The European breeding population is large (over 760,000 pairs), with notable populations in Russia and Scandinavia, but there are probably under 2000 capercaillie in the UK.

Common Snipe Paintings (Gallinago gallinago)
Common Snipe - Game bird pictures - Bird painting in oils
Snipe

Original oil painting
image 12 x 18 inches
£1195, Sold 12/9/09

COMMON SNIPE
A meduim-sized wading bird with a long, straight, pointed, black bill. It has a brown body with black bars, a striped head and back and a white belly. The common snipe's legs are shorter than most wading birds' legs. The common snipe usually stays hidden in the grass, but if it is flushed it will burst up from its cover and fly in a zig-zag pattern to evade predators.

Red Grouse Paintings (Lagopus lagopus scotica)
Bird painting in oils - Red grouse amongst the heather in Glen Turret
Red Grouse Trio

Original oil painting
image 18 x 14 inches
Sold 11/1/13 Currency Converter

RED GROUSE
Jointly with the purple-flowered shrub that forms its only home, the red grouse is an icon of Scottish heather moors. No other bird in the world makes such major use of heather. A red grouse eats it, shelters, nests and rears young in it and typically doesn’t move far from its home heath in its lifetime. Patchwork effects on grouse moors show where controlled burning has been done to promote heather growth as red grouse food and cover. Red grouse are year-round residents. In spring, look for cock birds calling and making short song flights.

Woodcock Paintings (Scolopax rusticola)
Oil painting of a woodcock over snow - Flushed woodcock flying through silver birches
"Winter Morning", Woodcock and Silver Birches

Original oil painting
image 20 x 36 inches
£4250 Sold 31/7/16 Currency Converter

WOODCOCK
The woodcock is largely nocturnal, spending most of the day in dense cover. Most of the birds in the UK are residents; in the autumn birds move to the UK from Finland and Russia to winter here. The breeding population has been falling recent years, perhaps because of less habitat as conifer plantations become too mature for woodcocks to find open enough breeding areas. You would be very lucky to see a woodcock, but you may inadvertently disturb one from its resting place, when it flies off, zigzagging between the trees and dropping back into cover.

Ring-necked Pheasants -  Game bird painting
Ptarmigan, Schiehallion

Original oil painting
image 16 x 28 inches
Sold, 6/2/17 Currency Converter

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Pair of cock pheasants in the snow. Print for sale

"Stand Off" Ring-necked Pheasants Print

Available as a canvas print or a framed print


Game bird prints by Martin Ridley

Canvas print reproduced from an original oil painting
The prints are on heavy weight canvas with a hand-finished varnish


Sporting Art Woodcock print on canvas by Martin Ridley.

"Evening Birches" Woodcock Print

Available as a canvas print or a framed print


Sporting Art - Game bird prints by Martin Ridley

Canvas prints reproduced from an original oil painting
The prints are on heavy weight canvas with a hand-finished varnish


Sporting Art Woodcock print on canvas by Martin Ridley.

"Show Time" Pheasants Print

Available as a canvas print or a framed print


Sporting Art - Game bird prints by Martin Ridley

Canvas prints reproduced from an original oil painting
The prints are on heavy weight canvas with a hand-finished varnish


Flushed woodcock - A print on canvas by artist Martin Ridley.

Flushed Woodcock Print

Available as a canvas print or a framed print


Game bird pictures by Martin Ridley

Canvas prints reproduced from an original oil painting
The prints are on heavy weight canvas with a hand-finished varnish