Hawks

 
 
Here are some of the hawks that I have recently carved.

Hawks are in the raptor family and their wings have distinctly straight leading edges (falcon wings have a noticable joint, wrist, and are pointed). Hawk wings are essentially of uniform width. These features alone can help distinguish them from falcons.

However, identification of hawk species, requires extensive knowledge of the underwing colors and markings.

Hawks prey on small animals, wounded birds, etc. They can often be seen perched in trees or along fencelines or soaring high in the air taking advantage of rising air currents. Although they are flying high above us and we can barely see them, their piercing chirps can be heard as though they were close.

When flying close to the tree tops or when discovered in areas habitated by other birds, such as crows, the other birds will attack the hawk endlessly until the larger bird leaves the area. Crows, being smaller and more maneuverable than the larger hawks, have no fear of retalliation by the hawk when they dive and peck at the hawk wingtips or at the back of the hawks head. The crow call is answered by other crows and soon the hawk is greatly outnumbered and has no choice but to leave, at least for a while.

They have a distinct practice of beating their wings 4 or 5 times and then gliding. They repeat this over and over.

Farmers construct nesting platforms for hawks along fencelines because hawks are helpful in controlling rodents.
  
 
 
Red-Tailed Hawk (1/3 size) carved in tupelo, painted in acrylics
Red-Tailed Hawk
 
Red-Tailed Hawk (1/3 size) carved in tupelo, painted in acrylics
Red-Tailed Hawk
 
Red-Tailed Hawk (1/2 size) carved in basswood, painted in acrylics, on driftwood
Red-Tailed Hawk
 
Red-Tailed Hawk carved in basswood, painted in acrylics, on driftwood Hawk: 21 inches; Overall: 32 inches
Red-Tailed Hawk
 
Red-Tailed Hawk carved in basswood, painted in acrylics, on driftwood Hawk: 21 inches; Overall: 32 inches
Red-Tailed Hawk
 
 
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