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Alert by windfalcon Alert by windfalcon
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!
WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors are so vivid and I love her stare. 
In-the-picture Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:Lovely dev - a fave of course :iconhugheartplz:  
Malcolmraptor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Having seen this lady personally I can say that this really captures her amazingness!
TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Once again, amazing work!
AkumaDemonOfNight Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow very beautiful *-*
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?
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.
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:
CLAUDIAROVITO Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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