It's been a while since I've posted anything. I don't know about anyone else but 2009 was pretty tough for me. I did a semester at school and I've been freelancing to pay the bills. Anyway, I'm painting this for a birds of prey show at the Decoy's and Wildlife Gallery at the end of Feb. I went out with a few falconer friend's of mine and was inspired to paint this red-tail from that experience. Red-tailed Hawks are one of my favorite raptors and the mantling posture really shows its beautiful plumage. Because of the intricate patterns it's also very time consuming to paint! But I made my bed so I must lie in it.