The Osprey is an incredible hunter. Sometimes called “River Hawks” or “Fish Eagles”. Their primary food is fish, which they spot underwater from hundreds of feet above. Diving feet first into the water. Their curved talons and rough textured feet help them grip the fish. And in just a few wing beats it’s out of the water and heading home for supper.
It was over the course of last week I put this together. However it’s been on my mind for the last two and a half years.
They are surrounded in history with legend. I too have a few good tales to tell that has an Osprey drawn into it.
One summer not long ago. In a cluster of Jack-pine not more than a mile from the shores of Lake Superior…
This one I nicknamed “Guillotine bird” on account of the fact it hangs over my bed. One good earthquake…
It’s my favorite acrylic painting of this size that I have made so far. The sun was shinning nicely in the living room this afternoon so I moved it there for a few images of it. While digging around on the computer I found some older images of it through out the process. I think I’ve put them up here before but I wanted to group them all together.
Scribing make-believe Warblers on scraps of wood from a larger project. It’s 1am and I probably had too much caffeine again. Not even a yawn yet so the pen stays close by and I navigate the late night with cartoons, music, and laughing at my own jokes.
Another sleepless California winter night all dressed up with the perfect place to go.
I’ve been tripping over this one outlined in pencil for a couple days. Tonight I picked it up again and put some pen marks on it. Its sort of a California Thrasher, but I also see some Cuckoo in there too. That’s the fun with the pen lines here.
Like finding former presidents or cartoon characters in the clouds above…or maybe not.
A California Thrasher and a Grateful Dead tape from fall ’89.
Two drawings, but only one got to stick around. The North American kestrels is one really amazing bird. I’ll call it a good day, regardless of the outcome if I spot a Kestrel while about in the world.
I sketched this one out yesterday after finishing the crow/raven. I rather like this approach. I found that some of my earlier attempts at this species looked like pigeons with war paint. Now there’s nothing wrong with a warrior pigeon, just not quite what I was after. However this one rings truer for me anyway.
I spotted a Kestrel last Tuesday, riding my bicycle back to work carrying a backpack full of hamburgers….true story.
One more on my ever shifting list of favorite raptors to sketch.