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An Osprey strikes from the morning mists. With wings spread wide and talons ready, it gives a cry as it swoops down out of the sky.

The Osprey is a predatory bird that is found around the world. This raptor goes by other names such as the fish eagle, fish hawk, sea hawk, and river hawk.

I once stayed at a cabin on a beach in Pensacola, Florida. Next to it was a sparse patch of trees the tallest of which was the perch for an Osprey. I rather enjoyed watching it during my vacation and decided that I would create some art featuring one.

Most images you find of Ospreys tend to fall under two categories: perched high in a tree or catching a fish. I wanted to depict this bird from a different point of view (that of the fish).

For this work, I decided to try a slightly different style. Here I've combined a clear realist style for the face and claws of the bird while leaving the rest in a more impressionistic style. This is to emphasize the dangerous parts of the raptor, the parts that would be of most concern to the fish he was about to snatch from the sea.

I created this using digital tools and digital painting techniques.

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60.0" x 37.5"

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