Common Nighthawks in Red
This recent watercolor was inspired after spending the evening looking for owls on the east side of Mount Hood, Oregon. While waiting for darkness to fall a Common Nighthawk was heard giving its distinctly buzzy and nasal “peent” call. One of my favorite avian courtship display followed. To impress a female, male nighthawks dive at the females. As the wind rips through his flexing primaries a unique “boom” sound splits the air. Cavorting nighthawks enhanced an already splendid evening.
Watercolor on paper 9.5 in x 11.5 in