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Red-Tailed Hawk by windfalcon Red-Tailed Hawk by windfalcon
And, of course, no group of paintings would be complete without at least one raptor :)

Red-tailed hawks are often overlooked when people think of amazing raptors. Usually people think of eagles or falcons, but although red-tailed hawks are one of the most common raptors in North America, they're also quite impressive. They can take a wide range of prey, from rodents to birds, and in my opinion, have some of the most beautiful plumage of any raptor. And it's not just their red tails I'm referring to, but the subtleties of the tones of browns and ochres and creams.

These birds, like the peregrine falcon, have taken to suburban and urban living. A versatile bird, they will nest anywhere from a big tree, to the ledge of buildings. Pale Male is an example of the urban success of these raptors, year after year.

Watercolor on illustration board, 8 X 8 inches
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Stegoraptor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the red tailed hawk. they are what i actually think of first whe i hear raptor( besides the true dinosaurs like velociraptor). the main reason though is that there are like a million that are around where i live besides the coopers hawk(?). that is an amazing picture, and keep up the good work!
LordArtharion Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
These birds are amazing and their grip is quite strong too, not very easy to take your hand/glove out of even the grip of an immature
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed!  If they become upset/excited and clamp down, can hurt.  Even through a glove.
dinosapien Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I see these guys everyday when I drive to school.  They always fly above the highways <3  I wish to see one up close someday.  This drawing really gives them justice; beautiful work!
BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The feathers are simply beautiful. And the colors, amazing :D
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh I love hawks my favorites are the Red-Tailed, Harris Hawk and the Black Hawk I saw some when I was in American they very beautiful raptor :heart;, :love:
fatthoron Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a Canadian organization that wants to make this our national bird because we don't have one yet. They want to make it that because there is a number of things about that bird that represent Canada next to the color of the tail which is red which is one of the colors on the flag
LyokoStar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
i love red tails so much! i have two in my yard. they've both grown used to me. i've even named them Tobias and Solaris.
Stegoraptor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lucky! there is one that sometimes lands in our tree but i havent seen that monstrus bird in 2 years. i miss him so feel lucky having Tobias and Solaris while they are still hanging out with ya.
tenko72 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I like how they sound. They have the coolest cry amongst raptors.

The details on this look so good!
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