A passionate falconer and raptor artist living in the heart of England’s grouse country – a recipe for disaster, surely? Will Pocklington visits artist Andrew Ellis, in search of an answer.

As I traversed over the fell from my weekend lodgings, to meet sporting, artist Andrew Ellis in the pretty Pennine village that he now calls home, I puzzled at how I might approach the imminent interview from an interesting angle. My pondering was short-lived. Before I knew it, I was stood chatting to Andrew over a cup of tea while a three-weekold peregrine chick sat squawking away in the middle of his kitchen table. “We’ve been having a bit of trouble with this one,” Andrew explains, the round ball of down scuffling in its box as his partner, Kirsty, expertly administers its medication through a syringe...

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