I find birds a bit mystical. Representing a certain freedom, they fascinate me and are fun to paint.
And as with most animals that seem to show up often on my radar, I look for the symbolism in their presence.
Must be the Shaman in me. :)
This is a Peregrine Falcon. The word Peregrine also means Wanderer.
I see it as offering the symbols of resilience and hope. Having once been on the brink of extinction due to pesticides, the Peregrine has made a comeback due to recovery efforts and pesticide banning. May it continue to thrive.