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Harpy Eagle Painting for the Journal of Raptor Research

by Bryce W. Robinson

FullSizeRenderI’m honored and thankful for the opportunity to have painted the cover art for issue 1 of the 50th anniversary of the RRF’s Journal of Raptor Research. The issue features an article from The Peregrine Fund’s Harpy Eagle work, along with an article detailing a friend’s master’s work on Burrowing Owls, an excellent article on Gyrfalcon movement’s, and a lot more. I’m so happy for the opportunity to add to an organization that does such incredible work and carries the tradition of raptor studies forward.

For more information or to access the articles, visit the Journal of Raptor Research website.

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Barn Owl- Tyto alba

by Bryce W. Robinson

Barn Owl- Tyto alba. 16x20" acrylic on stretched canvas. $400

Of any bird, the Barn Owl carries the most mysticism in its ghostly glare. As it flies through the air, it resemble a specter floating through the sky hunting for what it desires. Its mystic nature is also matched with an elegant aura of regality. This creature is certainly stunning.

The last time I met the gaze of the Barn Owl was along the Jordan River, in a grove of tall cottonwoods. I was birding a series of shallow ponds, seeing a number of Avocets, Killdeer, Mallards, and many other typical wetland inhabitants. As I stalked a group of Avocets, I made my way around the base of a large tree. With my senses tuned to the slightest movement, it still seemed spectacular that I noticed a large figure silently take to the sky directly above my head. I was ecstatic as I watched the retreat of a Barn Owl into a cottonwood grove some 50 yards away. I could not see where the bird had settled, so I scanned the trees in hopes of discovering the timid owl. Through the lens of my binoculars, my eyes came to a deep and dark marbled glare. The bird, hidden in the trees, far from me, was still watching my movement. This predator knew my intentions, and was certain to watch until I had gone. What an intelligent creature. After minutes in a lockdown stare, I continued about my business to leave the owl in peace. How I respect Tyto alba, the Barn Owl.