Now, who could want to eat this little cutie???
This guy, that’s who! About a year ago I was walking with little Pete at Rollins Savanna. It was a gorgeous foggy morning. Dew was beading all the seeds and stems of the switch grass, and we had this wonderland all to ourselves….until I looked up and saw this hawk coming right at us from out of the mist. At the last moment the leash seemed to register and he swooped up to the top of a very small tree next to us, where he sat glaring balefully at me. Even now my little dog tops out around 9 lbs, and back then he would have been a nice little morsel for a hungry hawk.
It is hard to believe these days, but redtail hawks were gone from this area because of DDT. I remember the day I saw my first one, not far from here, about 35 years ago. It still thrills me to hear their cry and see them circling on an updraft. And now this park also boasts great-horned owls, ground nesting owls, screech owls, cooper’s hawks, and recently, bald eagles! How thrilling is that? But, keep your dog leashed….
A Red-tailed hawk emerges from the mist, flying low over dew-bedecked fall grasses. Lavender and blue and yellow and orange. 30x40" canvas with wide galley-wrap edges, painted black. All of my paintings are created with the highest quality, archival paint. I use only images from my own experience in the field. Painting ships free in the continental US. Please contact me for shipping elsewhere. Thank you!