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Thesis - Peregrine Falcon by windfalcon Thesis - Peregrine Falcon by windfalcon
This is the sixth in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. This is a look at the peregrine falcon as used in falconry in the United States.

Part of this painting is also to look at the role of organizations in the United States that helped reintroduce and rehabilitate peregrine populations when the pesticide DDT nearly wiped them out from North America in the mid-20th century. This pesticide was excellent at doing what it was designed to do, and that was destroy insects. Unfortunately, it was also excellent at traveling along the food chain, and concentrating as it did so. One of the many results was predatory birds such as peregrine falcons with DDT-damaged eggs that would crack when incubated.

For falconry, the peregrine is seen as an optimal bird for hunting due to its speed. I placed Mallards in as its prey since I wanted to use a duck commonly found in the United States, and I cannot think of one more common than the Mallard!

Watercolor on cold-press Arches, about 9.5 X 12.5 inches
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MaggiefromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Hobbyist
This just popped up in one of my groups and I have to say, while this is already excellent, it's even more admirable how much you've still improved since then! Keep up the great work, it's always a delight to see, old or new.
mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
:iconlovelyheartsplz::icongreenkokorox:  Beautiful by KmyGraphic :icongreenkokorox::iconlovelyheartsplz: 

LittleKunai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
What a beautiful and thrilling moment in nature
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
What a beautiful Bird!!! Lovely Work!!!
ChatonRose Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous details!
LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful job on one of my favorite birds of prey. Lovely sense of detail, and just how wicked fast these small falcons are in the air. :hug: :floating: :boogie:
TheFieldAlchemist Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009   Traditional Artist
wow great
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've said it before, I'll say it again--lovely feathers! That peregrine looks so fierce. :heart:
TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
well done! And accurately done too.
Malbi88 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
the paragon bird for the term "Death from above"
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Malbi88 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
The humor of my statement would be more amusing if you read the wedcomic Dominic Deegan Oracle for Hire.
WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally the one in the series I have been waiting to see!! My favourite of the ones you have posted so far and you did an AWESOME JOB!!! I like the composition of a peregrine diving into a flock of ducks. The look on the face of the duck facing the peregrine is priceless! The peregrine himself/herself looks just magnificent and invincible. The only defense for the duck is a hard break turn into the approaching peregrine and to climb as quickly as possible, but that is only if lucky enough to see him/her coming! Nice job!
gffgfhergtgf321 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Kewl!It's amazing how you do this stuff! And pigeons are also common to the U.S
PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect composition, and the details are beautiful.
EmbryH Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Gorgeous work!
Jirakotsu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
I love the posing of the diving falcon ;A;
I want to try drawing birds of this size now, just to see the comparison from mine art to yours, lol.

Other than that, Mallards are awesome :XD: Greenheads!
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