Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Red-shouldered Hawk Nestling!

Spring is one of those times when things change rapidly. In the case of my visits to red-shouldered hawk territory, it had been nine days since my previous visit. What a difference a few days make!
The warmer temperatures and rain caused the leaves to jump out and almost obscure my view. But through my binoculars I could see one fuzzy-white nestling peeping over the edge of the nest.
I wrote in my sketchbook: "The sun was shining through the canopy making everything glow with yellow-green. The shading is perfectly timed to keep the nestling and parents cool as the temperatures rise." Ap 26, 2009. On the day of this observation, the afternoon temp hit 93 degrees F.
In every aspect, nature's timing is full of wisdom!

To see more images and details of this visit, click here. To see the entire series of my visits with these red-shouldered hawks visit Vickie Henderson Art.

10 comments:

  1. Just wonderful Vickie. Thanks for using your gift of art for me to see. I wish I could frame your sketch book and put on my wall. Nice one.

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  2. What a special comment, Ricky. Thank you!

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  3. What a wonderful look at these beautiful birds, Vickie, thank you. I love raptors, but have never seen red-shouldered hawks in the nest...you're right, it IS perfect timing!

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  4. suit's so beautifully drawn! :) I love the fading and washed out effect on this page... it's like morphing into outlines ^^ very interesting!

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  5. Wonderful to read your observations. The sketch is awesome.

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  6. Your sketchbook pages are gorgeous!

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  7. This is truly amazing! How wonderful to be able to observe and capture this event - you did it so well, I feel like I'm peeping between the leaves! Beautiful!

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  8. Exactly that...thanks for letting us all have a look!

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  9. I am just discovering how much FUN it is to sketch and am curious now as to the art journaling thing...so this site has added so much and am SO LOVING how you describe what you do and how.

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