H Is For Hawk–Coopers I Think (and an update on another bird)

This is the second go around with this bird–the first one was a total flop.  I wouldn’t have even attempted a second except I wanted to tell you a little story about this little hawk. Last year about this time when the hawks were migrating back, I looked out the window to see this little guy sitting bolt upright on the shepherd’s hook we have out on the back patio that says “Welcome Friends”. Hanging on the hook of course is a bird feeder with black sunflower seeds in it.  The irony was not lost on me and I was fortunate that he stayed long enough for me to get a picture.

Welcome Friends
Welcome Friends

Soon after taking this picture he flew to the ground, wandering around, looking under our hydrangea bush and around the tree trunk. At the time there was nothing there but it wasn’t long until an unsuspecting mixed flock of birds came swooping in and began pecking around on the other side of the bush–they were totally unaware of his presence.  I didn’t have to wait long to witness the violent quickness of these stealthy birds.  All of a sudden all the birds flushed and the hawk was in hot pursuit of a bird.  They were flying directly at me standing in the kitchen window, the smaller bird (I don’t know what kind, it happened so fast), crashed into the window as the hawk grabbed it in its talons and used the window like a spring-board to switch directions and accelerate out of there, taking the now lifeless little prize with it to the top of the pine tree in our backyard.

Although I felt horrible for the little bird I felt honored and amazed to see the hawk in action so closely–very closely.  It hung around a few more days than disappeared.

I am not an expert at all on hawks–I’m quite sure this is a Coopers because it seemed to large to be a Sharp-shinned hark, which looks almost exactly like it.

Since I’m wrapping up my alphabet bird project I thought I’d show you the finished Belted Kingfisher as well.  I know I posted it one time but it was not finished.  I just got back to it today.  Not only did I bring more dimension to the bird I decided to really brighten up the background for a better contrast.  It makes me happy now.

Finished painting of a female Belted Kingfisher
Finished painting of a female Belted Kingfisher

Now it’s time to go get ready for the artist reception for the 2015 Clark County Open Studio Tour.  The reception will be a wonderful opportunity to see they style of art each artist creates–it is at the North Bank Gallery in Vancouver from 5-9 p.m.  Next weekend will be an opportunity to tour 50 artists from Clark County.  If you live in the area come visit me.  Here’s the link for more information: http://ccopenstudios.org

4 thoughts on “H Is For Hawk–Coopers I Think (and an update on another bird)

    • They are rather “detail-less” if that’s a word. This is my attempt to loosen up, paint thick and fast and make quick decisions all within an 1 1/2 hours or less. A fun exercise with some excellent results and some not so excellent. 😉

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