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Raptors in North America haven't always had the successful presence they have now. For years, many species were mistakenly seen as 'pests' for farms. Tall tales of eagles taking away children actually caused people to fear these magnificent birds, and we all know what happens when people get scared of a certain animal...

A powerful pesticide called DDT in the middle of the 20th century nearly wiped out several raptor species, one of which being the peregrine falcon. Thanks to efforts to ban the pesticide in the United States and programs to get the falcon's population back up, this raptor once again is found in much of its natural range.

This painting represents what I feel are the greatest of each raptor group - the red-tailed hawk for the buteos, the northern goshawk for the accipiters, the golden eagle for the eagles, and the peregrine falcon for the falcons.

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Watercolor on illustration board, 9X12 inches
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:iconrocksane-art:
Rocksane-Art Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow so beautiful !
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Inablutkyna Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
WOW....dammit... I'm crying...
too much beauty for me.
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:iconfreethefyrfly:
freethefyrfly Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Just amazing :love:
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:iconjoycie24:
joycie24 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student General Artist
beautiful.
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:iconravenroseserpent:
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this. you put four of my favourite Raptors in one painting. :love:
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:iconannaihr:
Annaihr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I hate ph
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I find assigning things as acid or base to be pretty dull, myself.

(p.s. you can reply directly to the other person by hitting 'reply' under their avatar :3 )
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:iconannaihr:
Annaihr Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love your drawing i wish i could draw like that.I love birds of prey
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WarriorRaptor Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
helo
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:iconannaihr:
Annaihr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Raptor
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Annaihr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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:iconannaihr:
Annaihr Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hi warrior raptor
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WarriorRaptor Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
hello
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:iconannaihr:
Annaihr Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool
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:iconmontanaskies:
MontanaSkies Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job on representing such beautiful birds! Love this!
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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal :aww:
You can take a look here : [link]
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AnimeShark20 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Love it!! <3 The gos is my fave!! :)
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:iconislander-60:
Islander-60 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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PHOENIX-201 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
they work great, I swear you're amazing friend
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DolphinChild Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
WOW!!! WHAT MEDIUM ?
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Tulpi Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surprise! This has been featured in my latest journal: [link]
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bjs1990peregrine Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A striking portrait of all four of these beautiful raptors. Bravo!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
AWESOME PORTRAIT!!!
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unigirl-cloudghost Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
peregrine falcons have to be my favorite bird :love: you did such a good job on this whole picture! :clap:
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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I featured your beautiful artwork here: [link]
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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing :spotlight-left::gallery: :spotlight-right:

:clap:
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Hacker-Warrior Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
This is beautiful! I love the details on the feathers and how majestic they all look. :D

Great job! :clap:
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Lovely work, and I love the thought that went into it!
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:iconjanix-moon:
Janix-moon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
stunning.... words cannot express what this painting means after reading your description. I pray that everything is done to preserve these winged kings on our planet and that we do not destroy something so precious.
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Samantha-Lynn-Scott Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Buteos have to be my favorite kind of raptor. I just love red shouldered hawks.

Any who, This is amazing. The detail in the feathers is life like, and your anatomy is perfect.
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Solfei Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is awesome!
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Solfei Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is awesome!
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabulous work and thank you for the detailed description. Your treatment of the feathers is very earthy and sensitive, if that makes any sense, and the colour palette is beautifully unified throughout.
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pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Writer
WOW! this is absolutely beautiful! i definitely agree with the peregrine falcon.... they're my favourite non-owl raptor :D
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silverxtippedxrose Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Perigrine... Favourite bird... Wow.
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:iconchatonrose:
ChatonRose Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look so regal. A gorgeous painting!
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Kulingile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful image...

I almost feel like the peregrine has something feminine over it.

And ah, the red-tail. My favourite.

Well drawn!
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Finchwing Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Wow! this is gorgeous!!
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning :D
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seasparkle-lioness Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
WOW!the details are amazing!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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STARIK3 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Exelent!!!
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owensangel10 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible work!!
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Starstricken-Disaste Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
...my four favorite North American raptors in one image... ;.; *explodes with joy* utterly beautiful.
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FalconofFire Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! Love the background as well.

(I LOVE YOU WINDFALCON!
Back up here people) ... :D LOL
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Queenofdragins Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This by far has to be my most favored piece from you!oUo
And I actually had no idea these wonderful creatures were considered pests at one time!Thats sad :C The red-tailed hawk is my favorite of the raptor group,and theres sooo many over here in Cali!^^

But I really love all the time,effort,and very well put thoughts into this!And to me,you by far have the best talent in watercolors ive ever seen!Its really inspirational to young artists like me!XD Each feather,with each pattern,the well blended colors in the background,the eyes,EVERYTHING is simply phenominal!Please keep up the great work as always!:D
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome depiction, the feathers and colors are magnificent!
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runfastandfar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
goshhawks are awesome, their name describes the reaction people have when they see them "...gosh, what a beautiful bird" ^_^
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EccentriKing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Lovely colours and detail in the feathers. Their expressions are so intense and majestic. :)
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