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Thesis - Red-tailed Hawk by windfalcon Thesis - Red-tailed Hawk by windfalcon
This is the fifth in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. Here is one of the most common raptors in North America, the red-tailed hawk.

Like barn owls, red-tailed hawks hunt primarily rodents. These larger hawks, however, take larger prey such as rats and rabbits, which can cause serious damage to farmers' crops. Unfortunately, this raptor was incorrectly seen as a 'chicken hawk.' It is very unusual for red-tails to hunt chickens, and if you see one soaring over a farm, it most likely has its eye on a juicy rat on the ground.

Watercolor on cold-press Arches, about 10.5 X 14 inches
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AligerousWayfarer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This, and all of your work, is amazing! 
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once again, really beautiful work! :)
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Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
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MhelmsArtworks Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
These thesis pieces are beautiful. I almost begrudgingly love this one. I have a beautiful mated pair that have actively stalked my chickens for 2 years now. (I have a feeling that it has to do with desperation as more cats seem to be moving into the territory and taking out the ground squirrels, and maybe because my chickens aren't a "farm large" variety, because I'm well aware of how odd it is and don't actually want to make it sound like I'm maligning them.) If it weren't for the fact that I love one of my chickens especially dearly, (because she trusts me more than I could ever imagine a chicken (or animal? she listens better than a dog) trusting anything once it's no longer a chick,) it would be not just an awe-inspiring circumstance, but a welcome one to see them like this. I wish I could let the hens roam the full yard without having to worry... but, anyway, I am in awe at how intelligent this red-tail pair is. The male is usually the most aggressive hunter, but they often work together and, almost every time they come at us together, they're trying a new technique. (Much like you picture wolves hunting in a pack would.) They scream and dive, they hide and come from different directions in different ways, and, bwahahahaha, the female even tried crapping on me once. Talk about personality! There have been numerous times the male has flown directly at my face, only to swoosh up at the last minute. It's just awesome; I'm talking about them veering at only 10 feet from me. Man they're beautiful.  And even though I know they're supposed to be territorial, when they get into aerial battles with the crows, they've often let out a scream which calls in a 3rd red-tail. Then they work together to move the crows out. They're amazing. I'm convinced that over the past 3 weeks the crows have started protecting the hens. Not only do they just show up to chase them away: On, maybe... what is it.. 4? occasions now, a crow has come directly between one of the hawks and the chickens. Like suicide diving in front of an already diving hawk to keep them from striking. It's pretty wild!
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I love all of you work they all very beautiful, powerful, graceful and stunning paintings :love:, I read a Harry Potter Fanfiction once where Harry turns into a Red-Tailed Hawk, they very beautiful raptor next the Harris Hawk :heart:
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GummybearsXD Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice owo I still learning how to draw birds, i'm bad at using the right colors and hightlighting plus shading, love your work
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ToreaLuxuti Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
there is one huge(and funny) example of unconfessed admiration :D
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Shortwinger Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you've captured the moment! I myself am a pre-apprentice falconer (I hope to become an apprentice next year) and hope to catch a RT (Red Tailed) as my first bird. But I love the way you've painted it, getting that beautiful red tail of a haggard! (Over one year) Over all, a great piece. c:
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BIrdgirl1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Artist
OMG this is a beautiful picture of one of my favorite birds
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herofan135 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks really good! Love the pose and how well done the plumage is. The background is very beautiful aswell. :thumbsup:
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Hawk-tip Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Bye-bye little mouse.
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gavistan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
WOW This is amazing. What did u do this with?!?!
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Broadwinger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The wings are ever so nicely done!
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masonday Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Cooooooool
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InvaderRENNI Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!! <3 I love hawks, and this really brings out the nature of these birds.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love the detail!!!
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mary8888 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I featured you :D [link]
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ToreaLuxuti Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
i love red tailed hawks and this is amayzing
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NIGHTFURY18 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cool! I'm making a book my self but it's more fnatasy-themed <since my red tailed and birds can speak) XD
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I love the composition as a whole, but especially the hawk's wings and the angle you put them in. :)
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mercurygrrrl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   General Artist
I love this. I did a google image search wondering if I might find an picture of a red-tailed hawk in a scene similar to a dream I had - and this is so close!
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STANTONarts Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Outstanding.
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Feisty-Tion Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! That is really cool!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
WOW!!! Magnificent!!!
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Drangelu Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!
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R-Eventide Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is definitely my favorite so far! I think this is also one of your better ones in the series, if I may say so. :)

I love the corn and silo--reminds me of where I grew up.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I agree - I think this is probably the strongest in the series.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is watercolors with a bit of graphite shading underneath. Thanks!
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! Red-tails are one of my favorite birds of prey. Fantastic job ^_^
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Iyadaethras Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite bird. :heart:
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Remige Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
I love this one. Its wings and back, the position of the birdie... all wonderful.
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have featured this beautiful piece of art here [link]
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JessicaDunn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009   General Artist
Wow it's really good.
I love birds but they are so hard to draw, I guess it's all of those feathers!
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice. Great color and composition. I love Red Tails.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love red-tails, too. One of the most beautiful, and luckily common raptors in the U.S.
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Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Aww, I love red-tailed hawks. You see them fairly often in Nebraska. We once had one in our back yard, chasing after a sparrow!! We lived on the edge of town at the time, but it was still unusual.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have seen these amazing Red-tailed hawks flying on the thermals over the freeways. You've just gotten better & better at the way you paint your detailed feathers. :hug: I've just added this painting to my :+fav:s. :w00t:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I see red-tails soaring all the time, though what I see even more are turkey vultures. If you see a big bird soaring, with it's wings in a wide V shape and kind of 'teetering' on the thermal, then that's probably a vulture. Red-tails tend to soar straight and smooth. They're both fun to watch. :)
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AriesCT Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Brilliant painting.
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Greylight-S Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
The mouse thingy in there looks like dinner to me.



Greylight S.
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
beautiful!

This is my favorite bird of prey. Local and common to my area.
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amoryllis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Here, where there are 'no' rats, they primarily eat mice, shrews and occasionally rabbits
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Red-tails are definitely not picky when it comes to their rodents. :D They eat a lot of different little scurriers.
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amoryllis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yup yup :)
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Kalayni Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I just have to say, I've been watching you as you upload these your thesis paintings, and they are AMAZING. I've been interested in falconry since I was eight, and will probably be getting my license and my own (red-tailed) hawk next summer. I love your artwork, and I think you do a fantastic job capturing the beauty and elegance of the raptors you paint.

This one is my particular favorite; I worked at a museum for several years with a gorgeous red-tailed hawk who was unfortunately blind in one eye (after a car accident) and I have a soft spot for them. I love the angle of this pose, and the attitude in the hawk's eye. Just lovely. :)
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I used to volunteer at a museum that had some raptors (permanent residents due to injuries) and being around these birds was one of the best experiences of my life. They have such personality and natural beauty.

Thank you for the kind words. :) I wish you luck with your red-tail!
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehehe
U LOOK SO TASTEY LICKLE MAUS
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onichan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehehe
U LOOK SO TASTEY LICKLE MAUS
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Dedphoenix Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
I am so used to seeing these huge birds here in Oklahoma it's not even funny. They are everywhere!
This is beautiful work, love! I like this one a lot! Reminds me of my home, the backround does.^^
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