Peregrine Falcon - Duck Hawk

Medium: Watercolor. 10.3 X 14 inches.

The sixth of ten paintings for my M.F.A. thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture.

The peregrine falcon is one of the most widespread raptors in the world. However, in the mid-20th century, the pesticide DDT
nearly destroyed the vast population of this bird. Thanks to the recovery efforts of organizations such as the Peregrine Fund, as well
as by falconers, the peregrine falcon's numbers began to rise once more.

For this painting, I chose to portray the peregrine in falconry in the United States, to recognize the massively successful recovery
of this incredible raptor in a country where it was at risk of disappearing.

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