Nighthawk Sunset

Nighthawk Sunset

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

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