When a hawk flies into your window…

Sharp-shinned hawk, injured, poor guy!

Sharp-shinned hawk, injured, poor guy!

This busy weekend of catching up on the home front was broken up by a loud sound we know as a bird hitting a window. Never a good sound. I found this guy in the grass, struggling and breathing hard.  I didn’t think he was going to make it, but I left him and came back later to check on him, and sure enough, he was coming around, looking at me, and even trying to get away, but not able to fly. I called the Birds of Prey Foundation and got hold of a nice lady named Andrea who came out all the way from Westminster with her husband John, (over a half hour away) to pick him up to care for him. I offered to bring him to her in the morning, but she said it was important to get the injured hawks care right away. He has maybe a 50/50 chance of surviving, so I hope he will beat the odds and fly again free.

Sharp-shinned Hawk, photo by David Smith. 08

Sharp-shinned Hawk, photo by David Smith. 08

This wonderful photo by David Smith shows the magnificent front view and breast of this beautiful bird species. They have amazing flying skills, and Andrea thought that this little hawk was probably chasing another small bird or other food source when he hit our window.

A good resource for drawing and researching birds is not just the Audubon books, but also the Petersen Guides. As a young man, Roger Peterson attended the Art Students League (1927-1928) and the National Academy of Design (1929-1931). He developed a passion for identifying, studying, painting, and photographing birds.

When I draw or paint birds, I place them in the environment, and it is usually my own interpretation of nature.

Tropical, Acrylic on canvas, KG Taylor

Tropical, Acrylic on canvas, KG Taylor

I believe bird images enliven nature as I see it. The little bird in this painting doesn’t take up much space in the overall image. But he is the focus. He makes us look at the rest of his environment and believe he is enjoying his place in the world.

Well, that is how I am imagining this scene in the painting. Do you ever sit in a beautiful setting in nature, survey the scene, and then just simply call it beautiful? I do, and love when it happens. Then we remember it and it comes out later when we create.

Thanks for reading,





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