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An American Kestrel goes from relaxed to alert in a split second. She's seen something down below and gets ready to grab it.

A minipainting commission for datadroid on FA. 5X7 watercolor on hot-press paper.
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Stegoraptor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do more like this it is amazing!
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors are so vivid and I love her stare. 
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:Lovely dev - a fave of course :iconhugheartplz:  
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Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Having seen this lady personally I can say that this really captures her amazingness!
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Once again, amazing work!
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AkumaDemonOfNight Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow very beautiful *-*
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Aunchi Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I am so glad I decided to watch you! When I saw the thumbnail for this my heart stopped for a second! I hope to see one of these, mainly because apparently they were common in Montana, but I wasn't interested in birds at the time and I don't remember ever seeing them . It's a goal of mine to see one in Indiana, which according to my "birds of prey in the Midwest guide" they do live here. Any advice on finding any birds of prey?
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Look for open fields. I live in Idaho, and we have kestrels everywhere, especially along the highway where homes have at least an acre of property, or full agricultural land, although I see them in town, usually near open lots with wild weeds growing so they can find bugs and mice. Just the other day, I had a kestrel flying alongside the car in the middle of town, in a residential neighborhood with a young starling in his claws! Kestrels will often hover over a field, or sit on power/ telephone lines watching the field below. Other hawks, like red-tails will perch in a tree (often a dead one, so they have an unobstructed view) overlooking a field. Or, watch for high, slowly spiraling forms.
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Aunchi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, guess what? I went on a road trip so I didn't have internet, so I didn't get this message until now, and guess what I saw? I saw my Kestrel! It was only a glimpse, but I saw it hovering!I also got to see a Northern Harrier.

Thanks anyways for the reply, it really is great to be in touch will fellow bird watchers :hug:
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CLAUDIAROVITO Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thelueenwolf Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
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Maromanko Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
This is impressive. The colours and the textures are just excellent.
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AltierHawks Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
It's to bad that there wasn't a time lapse for this, it would have been amazing to see this form!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I sometimes record progresses on my blog. I haven't done it in a while, though!
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NamelessOkami Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! did you use a reference?
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Not directly - I usually consult many many references to make sure I have the plumage right. I work best if I have lots of different photos around me so I get an overall feel of the bird.
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NamelessOkami Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that, I made a dog like that for a school assignment but it did not turn out this wonderful.
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:icongallowxy:
gallowxy Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Wow, this looks so realistic! The feathers, the eye, the tree, and I love the sky! Wow wow! :O
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KartalTheArtist Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is so beautiful and perfect...
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :3 I think kestrels are falcon perfection in a tiny, compact package.
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dell-of-the-bells Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He's gorgeous. :) All the markings are really correct too, that's awesome.
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:iconnamisao:
Namisao Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful :)
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:iconivyssauro:
Ivyssauro Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beutiful! i love falcons! falcons and cats are the only beuty adimiration deserving earthbeings.
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onichan Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
huehuehuehuehue
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so beautifully done! I just LOVE the expression on her face, it's perfect :clap:
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4N63L-Z3R0 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
This is wonderful!
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GilPires Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
THUMBS UP!
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mercurybird Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaah the details are just perfect c:! a pair of these guys started nesting in an old pigeon-built nest in the eaves of the roof across the alley... but they stopped showing up and I never saw any babies, I guess it didn't work out? :[ anyways, I'll miss seeing their keen little glares you captured so perfectly here :]
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seraphinwings Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
what a beautiful job with watercolor.... :love:
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zukoroHellFlute Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
beautiful
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:icongajko:
Gajko Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist
haha, looks like rambo in blue bandama xD!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahahh it sort of does!
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Dvid1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful colors!
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Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Very Nice. Reminds me of Audubon prints, which are fantastic when you see the actual print. Love the deep hue of the colors
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw thanks, Audubon was (and is) a huge inspiration for me. :3
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ArtisticMystic76 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Breath-taking
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Hxrxld Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
This is awesome!!!! I love it!
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RedFeatherFalconHawk Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... I'm amazed yet again. I know I don't say much, but I do pay attention to your art, and it is always beautiful.
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SpitfireFae Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Beautiful! I love your bird artwork. Kestrels are gorgeous and one of my favorite birds of prey. They are up there with - red tailed hawks, snow owls, merlins, and peregrine falcons. :)

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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
All birds I love! :D
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work! The details in this are fantastic! :clap:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I just love kestrels--definitely one of my favorite little raptors. :nod:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They are so fierce and just perfect little falcons :3 All falcon, just in a smaller package!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly! And so colorful too. :D
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So pretty!
I have a pair of these nesting in my roof for the second year. You do a wonderful job painting wildlife and vibrant watercolors <3
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lucky! They are on the threatened list in my state (Connecticut) because all our fields are being built on or reforested!
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
really? I wonder if they're threatened here in TN =o
Last year a baby fell out and I tried to put it back. They had 3 babies that year.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tennessee has plenty of farmland, so your populations should be pretty healthy :) Kestrels need at least 30 acres of open, mowed field to hunt, and cavities (such as a dead tree or a roof, as you have) to nest in.
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Broadwinger Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Your art inspires me sooo much! (I must mention that you are my idol in traditional bird art!) Love the details you get with the paint! I can't do that as well as you; with me I can only get those details with ink ^^"
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