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Night Migrants by windfalcon
Night Migrants
Owls, nighthawks, and whippoorwills are what usually come to mind when people think of birds fluttering overhead on a moonlit night.  However, during fall migration, many diurnal birds take a nocturnal journey down to their winter homes.  A surprising amount of songbirds migrate at night, as well as geese and many ducks.  On more than one night, I've heard the clear cries of Canada Geese flying ovehead in an invisible V hidden by darkness and clouds.

What advantages do birds have to migrating at night?  Since many birds are at risk for predation while the sun is in the sky, they avoid many avian predators that are otherwise asleep while they slip by at night.  Also traveling at night may allow them to cover more distance, simply by using more available hours to travel and less to sleep.

Clockwise from bottom: Black-Throated Blue Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Wood Thrush, Baltimore Oriole, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, American Coot, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Bufflehead, Canada Goose, Common Yellowthroat.

Watercolor on soft-press Fabriano, 7.5 X 12 inches
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North American Corvids by windfalcon
North American Corvids
There are quite a few corvid species native to North America, including crows, ravens, jays, magpies and a nutcracker. Most corvids are extremly intelligent, social birds that are surprising biologists with new discoveries of their problem solving and learning skills.  Many corvid species are excellent mimics - a Common Raven at Horizon Wings can switch between two different peoples' voices perfectly while mimicing the same phrase.

Far from plain black birds, many corvids with black feathers, such as the American Crow and Common Raven, have subtle iridescence to their feathers which shine in blue and purple. Magpies often look plain black from a distance, but in the right light, their feathers shimmer with brilliant green and blue, and even bits of red on the tail. Jays are best known for their brilliant blue plumage, such as the common Blue Jay, and the western Steller's Jay.

Clockwise from top left: Black-Billed Magpie, Common Raven, Steller's Jay, Blue Jay, and American Crow.

Watercolor on soft-press paper, 9X9 inches
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North American Invasive Birds by windfalcon
North American Invasive Birds
In North America there are three main invasive birds - the House Sparrow, the European Starling, and the Rock Pigeon.  These three birds were brought to the United States from Europe, and quickly spread throughout the entire continent, with somewhat damaging results for native bird species.  The House Sparrow commonly occupies nest areas for native birds such as Eastern Bluebirds, causing their numbers to dwindle.  Starlings can be incredibly aggressive, attacking other birds and killing their young.  Rock Pigeons have been villianized for being 'rats with wings' by having a 'dirty' reputation and causing damage to buildings and generally causing a mess anywhere they nest, fly or walk.

Many people have proposed ideas on how to remove these species from their non-native habitat, but most agree the damage is already done.  Even if we were able to remove these birds, their presence has already made an impact on their surrounding environment and the ecosystem, and removing them may cause unforeseen damage.  Their presence is not purely negative - these birds serve as an important food source for numerous predatory bird species, including the once-endangered Peregrine Falcon in the eastern United States, and research is still discovering how many insects Starlings eat, including species that cause damage to grasses in particular.

These three are here to stay, for better or for worse.

Watercolor on soft-press Fabriano, 8X8 inches
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Cockatiel Leather Mask by windfalcon
Cockatiel Leather Mask
Cockatiels are so adorable with their fluffy cheeks and tiny little beaks!

Hand-carved and shaped from 7-oz leather and painted with acrylics.
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Priorities by windfalcon
Priorities
I'm going to visit some friends next weekend and realized I was also looking forward to seeing their kitties.  Then I realized that the first thing I do when visiting friends, usually, is to greet the pets before the people.  Sometimes it's a bit...blunt.
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great gallery, your paintings are so pretty :D
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Feral-Neko Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Your art is beautiful. I really enjoy how many bright colours you use.
You have an incredible talent. ^_^
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snowdrago Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
I love birds and I just love your pictures
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Tavaris Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really enjoyed looking through your gallery - your birds of prey instantly caught my eye and the coloring is always so beautiful.

Watched :).


~Tav
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RitaCosme Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bom trabalho :)
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Brenda, the photographer asks this question about this raptor: I am not entirely sure which breed this is, a hybrid perhaps?
I told him I'd send you the link, as I thought it would intrigue you, and that you might be able to get an answer from one of the Vets at the Center.
Falcon by hoodoo
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Based on how dark it is, my guess would be a very dark gyrfalcon with a spot of leucism on that left wing. Generally hybrids don't result in asymmetrical splotches like that, which is why I'm guessing that's a leucistic spot.
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Thanks, Brenda. :iconhoodoo:, the photographer, is one of your new watchers.
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DragonCat2000 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student General Artist
I really love your art, its amazing :D (I just can't take my eyes off your gryphons)
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Nushaa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
(sorry for the group spam! I can't help it; you have a beautiful owl collection)
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