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Published: May 14, 2013
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An American Kestrel goes from relaxed to alert in a split second. She's seen something down below and gets ready to grab it.

A minipainting commission for datadroid on FA. 5X7 watercolor on hot-press paper.
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Photoshopforearth's avatar
Photoshopforearth|Student Digital Artist
Excellent work!
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Stegoraptor's avatar
Stegoraptor|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do more like this it is amazing!
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WhiskerfaceRumpel|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors are so vivid and I love her stare. 
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In-the-picture|Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:Lovely dev - a fave of course :iconhugheartplz:  
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Jeholbird|Hobbyist General Artist
Having seen this lady personally I can say that this really captures her amazingness!
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TNHawke's avatar
Once again, amazing work!
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AkumaDemonOfNight|Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow very beautiful *-*
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Aunchi|Hobbyist Artist
I am so glad I decided to watch you! When I saw the thumbnail for this my heart stopped for a second! I hope to see one of these, mainly because apparently they were common in Montana, but I wasn't interested in birds at the time and I don't remember ever seeing them . It's a goal of mine to see one in Indiana, which according to my "birds of prey in the Midwest guide" they do live here. Any advice on finding any birds of prey?
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Look for open fields. I live in Idaho, and we have kestrels everywhere, especially along the highway where homes have at least an acre of property, or full agricultural land, although I see them in town, usually near open lots with wild weeds growing so they can find bugs and mice. Just the other day, I had a kestrel flying alongside the car in the middle of town, in a residential neighborhood with a young starling in his claws! Kestrels will often hover over a field, or sit on power/ telephone lines watching the field below. Other hawks, like red-tails will perch in a tree (often a dead one, so they have an unobstructed view) overlooking a field. Or, watch for high, slowly spiraling forms.
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Aunchi|Hobbyist Artist
Wow, guess what? I went on a road trip so I didn't have internet, so I didn't get this message until now, and guess what I saw? I saw my Kestrel! It was only a glimpse, but I saw it hovering!I also got to see a Northern Harrier.

Thanks anyways for the reply, it really is great to be in touch will fellow bird watchers :hug:
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CLAUDIAROVITO|Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Maromanko's avatar
This is impressive. The colours and the textures are just excellent.
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AltierHawks's avatar
It's to bad that there wasn't a time lapse for this, it would have been amazing to see this form!
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
I sometimes record progresses on my blog. I haven't done it in a while, though!
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NamelessOkami|Professional General Artist
This is amazing! did you use a reference?
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
Not directly - I usually consult many many references to make sure I have the plumage right. I work best if I have lots of different photos around me so I get an overall feel of the bird.
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NamelessOkami|Professional General Artist
I understand that, I made a dog like that for a school assignment but it did not turn out this wonderful.
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gallowxy's avatar
Wow, this looks so realistic! The feathers, the eye, the tree, and I love the sky! Wow wow! :O
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KartalTheArtist|Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is so beautiful and perfect...
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windfalcon's avatar
windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :3 I think kestrels are falcon perfection in a tiny, compact package.
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dell-of-the-bells|Hobbyist General Artist
He's gorgeous. :) All the markings are really correct too, that's awesome.
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Namisao|Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful :)
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Ivyssauro|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beutiful! i love falcons! falcons and cats are the only beuty adimiration deserving earthbeings.
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