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Graphite/Strathmore paper


"Hunting Around in the Past"

25 x 18 inches


As a boy I always enjoyed watching hawks and owls, and an American Kestrel was the first raptor I ever saw attack and kill something. The experience was probably heightened because for a long time I had watched birds hunting for prey, sometimes even diving at prey, but never catching. Anticipation was high by the time that little Kestrel swooped down from the sky, one day a long time ago. I had never seen such a display of intensity and precision: a 90 degree, split-second change in direction through physical contortion. It was so immediate, almost like the bird had been knocked from the air by an unseen force. Running toward where he had "fallen" I saw the Kestrel lift out of the grass with a mouse, leaving behind only minor evidence.


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