Can a hawk have a bad hair day?
Maybe...but I think she's just had a bath.
This female Red-shouldered hawk surprised me twice, the first time when she started calling. I didn't know she was anywhere around, let alone on the roof right in front of me. I nearly jumped out of my skin! The second time was when I noticed she was all wet.Hawks bathe too, just like other birds, but it changes their appearance pretty dramatically. And I can't resist sketching birds and animals when they are in their natural and imperfect state doing the funny things they do. So much fun! I'll show you the completed version of this sketch when its finished. And if you'd like to see more images of these unruly feathers, visit my recent post at Vickie Henderson Art. To see all my posts on this pair of nesting Red-shouldered hawks, click the link.