Saker Falcon - Desert Hunters

Medium: Watercolor and white gouache. 11 X 14 inches.

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

While falconry is still practiced all over the world, in the Middle East it is valued and honored with a unique passion.

Saker falcons thrive in the desert, able to bear the scorching heat and hunt the prey found there. In this painting,
I wanted to explore the beautifully decorated hoods and blocks used when hunting with these birds.

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