Crested Caracara (draw a bird day)

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appearances tell
stories, actions shout, defy

I bought a bird book at a library sale intending to use the photos for collage.  Looking through, I was drawn to the same bird in two different sections of the book: the crested caracara.  The Cornell Bird Lab says it “looks like a hawk, behaves like a vulture, and is technically a falcon”.  Hence my senryu, for Colleen’s weekly challenge with poet’s choice of words.  Apply to humans as needed.


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Crested Caracaras live from the Southern United States down through Central and South America.  They are also known as the Mexican eagle, and are the subject of folklore throughout the region.  The only falcon that collects material to build a nest, caracaras are carnivorous scavengers, who will also hunt for small prey by running on or digging in the ground if necessary.

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I painted my image first on wax paper using acrylic, intending to do a monoprint, which did not work–the paint was not dense or thick enough.  I then painted it on rice paper, also using acrylic.  This made the paper shrink in places, but worked better than I expected.  I photographed both images, then superimposed the wax paper over the rice paper–strangely they fit together well, considering I did no pencil drawing for either, but just painted each.

Once again, Draw a Bird Day, the 8th of each month, is serving as a placeholder here at MeMadTwo while Nina takes an extended break. I’m hoping she’ll be back in soon.  In the meantime, you can find me (Kerfe) at

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36 responses to “Crested Caracara (draw a bird day)”

  1. Jodi says :

    Wow! What unexpected unique beauty you created through your experiments!

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  2. msjadeli says :

    I love learning about the process of your creation and also about the subject of it. Beautiful art and wise poem. Wonderful idea to pic up books for collage at library sales.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    What a cool bird! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Suzanne says :

    Your art is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your process. I really like your haiku too. It highlights what’s going on with the cohort of leaders in the west right now – Trump, Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison over here in Australia.

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    From top to bottom this is so cool! I love your bird drawings, but this, along with the haiku is quite something.

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  6. Charlie O'Shields says :

    This is is so gorgeous!! Love all versions… there’s so much energy and life there! 😍 And the haiku amazing!

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  7. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    I remember a Time-Life series of books on wildlife that I loved when I was a kid, and the caracara totally stood out to me in the book on birds. I knew they were unique looking but didn’t realize their behavior is as well. Yours is magnificent! And if I was a small furry thing on the ground and saw that *running* toward me, I’d despair!

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  8. Jill Kuhn says :

    I love how you did this bird, Kerfe! 😊 The layers bring it to life!

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Wow Marta must say you have painted the bird with gorgeous colors and it is looking so real. A wonderful read too.

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  10. Carol A. More says :

    Very nice work and powerful. Any kind of ‘raptor’ medicine is powerful and fortuitous. No mistake you were attracted to this beauty, right?

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  11. Poet Rummager says :

    Your Caracara is stunning, K! It looks as if it will fly right out of the paper.

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  12. Vashti Q says :

    Thanks for telling us about the Crested Caracara––interesting. I love the artwork, and your Haiku completes your post perfectly. ❤

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  13. D. Wallace Peach says :

    It does defy categorization. Lovely painting and poem, Kerfe. 🙂

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  14. Dave Kingsbury says :

    such life in this impressionist drawing


  15. Manja Mexi Mexcessive says :

    Caracara. I love her name and your paintings.

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