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Ridgway's Hawk by Nambroth Ridgway's Hawk by Nambroth
Ridgway's Hawk
Critically Endangered

Have you heard of this species? Not many people have. It is a lesser known raptor that is in big trouble. This hawk lives in the Dominican Republic, though it used to also live in Haiti and possibly the surrounding isles. Believed to be quite common less than 100 years ago, it is now extinct in 90% of its former range, and now the only known wild birds live in a single place: Los Haitises National Park, in the north-east Dominican Republic. At this time it is thought that less than 200 mature birds remain.

What's happening to these beautiful hawks? Large scale habitat loss seems to be the biggest factor. Nearly all of the forest that these raptors depend upon to survive has been cleared for plantations (a lot of it is coffee -- where does your coffee come from? alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/m… ) and the rest is continually fragmented into smaller pieces. Unfortunately, poorly informed locals also intentionally kill the hawks and nestlings as the hawks are seen as a threat to poultry. Efforts have been made to educate locals to encourage them to see the hawks as helpers, instead, as this species prefers reptiles as its diet (approx. 80% of its diet).

This was painted as a print as a stretch goal for :iconlosingaltitude:'s kickstarter (now funded and closed). However, I am also offering this print on my website, and 100% of the profit from this print will get donated to The Peregrine Fund, as they are directly trying to save this species: www.peregrinefund.org/projects…
My shop: featherdust.storenvy.com/produ…

Painted in Corel Painter, using mostly the acrylic brush.
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:iconjosephhutchison:
josephhutchison Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Splendid work.
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RandyAinsworth Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Excellent work!
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Seventhknight Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Brilliant work!
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satishverma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow that's work.
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XxMagpieWolfxX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Woah that is beautiful!
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Hawk-tip Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap...
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TundraTornWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Wow!
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sbbelknap03 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks like he is eyeing his prey.
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:iconchibi-demon-angel694:
chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! =D
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:iconpaintedwolf5:
paintedwolf5 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Magnificent bird.
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Amazing work!
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazingly well done! Wonderful work!
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
You are a very talented artist and so informed about your love of birds!
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:iconpsyduck-sama:
psyduck-sama Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning!
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:iconlizbeth-lund:
Lizbeth-Lund Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing... I don't know how you do it :| It's FANTASTIC!!!!!
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:iconred-rose-12:
Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
you have great talent!
i love this :)
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:iconvaalandil:
Vaalandil Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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BrightestStarlight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist
great message with great art
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captainvegeta Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
The way you do feathers is amazing!  I want to just reach out and pet that beautiful fluffy chest.  And probably get my finger bitten off for my efforts.  :XD:
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KAZ178 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student
Yeah, this is really really awesome! Love the details!
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Lahki Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant painting *-* I love how realistic it looks
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous image! This is really lovely! :aww:
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joedab17 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Very nice work, the details are amazing.
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Sanglamore Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Magnificence!!!
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BLACKNIGHTINGALE81 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   General Artist
impressiv^^
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VisAnastasis Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, when I opened it first, I seriously thought it was a photo! :wow:
Absolutely awesome work! :clap: I could stare into it for hours! :iconlove--plz:
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Chatoyant11 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gosh this should be given a DD already o3o
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A-RZ Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing
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IHANR Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so cool, but whats corel painter
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
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IHANR Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I googled it after I said that
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PCgamer238 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMGWTFLMAOBBQLMFAOLOL...etc.
In-fucking-credible!

Dayum... if only I had a skill like thi- nope. Not possibru xD
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Gorgeous. :wow:
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secoh2000 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning detail, splendid work! :D
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Hollygoesmeow Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this! It's so realistic! :3 I love hawks a lot too!
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AkatsukiAndBloodstar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! :D
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Stunning work!
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Lihamylly Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's glorious! o.o
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HHylst Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant !
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another stunning work, love the detail here!
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Que-ink Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice to see another artist who participated in "Losing Altitude". Great piece, indeed. I just finished
my bird portrait today. I can't wait for the books to be released! :meow:
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SwarmCreator Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful drawing!!
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GenevieveAngel1999 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I really wish my birds would be able to come out like this. :)
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MagicXwitcH Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! =D
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obsessedwithanimals Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
really really good
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Dreadcross Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely art.
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sparklexie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013   Digital Artist
this is splendid it just omg it made me like hawks now. ;u;
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Soror-x Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
amazing work!
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful and realistic. :)
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Artsend Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
SO GOOD
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