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Swainson's Hawk Kettle (18 by 24" acrylic on clayboard)

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Swainson's Hawk Kettle (18 by 24" acrylic on clayboard)
This may seem a bit strange to some, and when I first witnessed this scene before my eyes I thought the same thing at first. Then realized how interesting and amazing it was. Swainson's hawks are a very common raptor on the Grasslands and when they migrate south in the fall they gather in large groups referred to as a "kettle". Once I saw two of these hawks sitting in this field I stopped to look at them, then I noticed another, and another, and before I knew it the entire field was full of them! This was by and large the largest congregation of these hawks I have ever seen to date in southern Alberta and wanted to paint it as I had never saw anything like it before.
Posted on October 26, 2013
Colin Starkevich