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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Elva #52 Great Horned Owl

A great horned owl incubates her eggs .... sketched through my spotting scope and painted partially painted when we were in Yellowstone.  Yesterday I finished some of the detail work.  Each year we look at this nest carefully.  Sometimes a pair of red-tailed hawks use the nest, but more often the owls.  The hawks prprobably built the nest.  The owls definitely didn't.  Great horned owls don't build their own nests.

Sketched and painted in my Stillman and Birn 180# Betya series 'rough' sketchbook.  Ink and watercolor added after a pencil sketch.

For those of you who are interested in sketches, my most recent blog post includes a series of Yellowstone sketches.  Just click on my name at the left.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh, Elva. Spectacular. I would have loved sitting and watching her through a spotting scope. I love the heaviness you produced in the nest. It's fantastic.