Eagle (draw a bird day)

sacred king
of the sun, spirit
of mercy,
visionary messenger–
extend us your wings

Eagles are one of the world’s largest birds, with massive wings that allow them to fly for a long time and with great speed, all with a minimum of effort. They can go many weeks between meals, and will eat whatever is available in their habitat–other birds, amphibians, fish, small mammals. They can carry up to four times their own body weight, but will often scavenge for food rather than killing live prey.

“Eagle eye” is not just a saying. An eagle’s vision is eight times sharper than a human’s–they see both much farther, and with greater focus. They can also see a wider range of colors, including the ultraviolet spectrum.

I decided to do an eagle this month because Nina sent me this wonderful wooden eagle that her father brought back from Jerusalem. I have a bird totem carved by my sister-in-law’s father that Nina thought would make a good companion–and it does.

Although I began by drawing bald eagles, I realized after a bit of research that Nina’s eagle was more likely a golden eagle, which was once a common inhabitant of Israel, but is now only represented by a few breeding pairs, for all the usual reasons–decline of habitat, human predation. So I drew a golden eagle as well.

My poem is a shadorma. The eagle has powerful symbolism in cultures all over the world. Thanks, Nina, for adding this beautiful totem to my living space!

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13 responses to “Eagle (draw a bird day)”

  1. ben Alexander says :

    hmm… an eagle isn’t the sort of thing one traditionally brings back from Jerusalem – very interesting!


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    • memadtwo says :

      From what Nina said, I think he just saw it and fell in love with it. I’m sure he brought back more traditional things as well.
      My own father had a painting of a roadrunner he saw and had to have. I need to find it in storage–Nina’s gift reminded me of that.

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  2. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Simply beautiful eagles, Kerfe. I can feel their power from your drawings. Of course, you know I always love your birds. The shadorma is perfect. ❤

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  3. Dan Antion says :

    I like your drawing and the poem.

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  4. judeitakali says :

    Interesting process. I love the shadorma. It’s my favorite syllabic form.

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  5. robertawrites235681907 says :

    You really do create lovely drawings of birds, Kerfe. A lovely gift from Nina and you have honoured it with your creations. An excellent poem too.

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  6. memadtwo says :

    Just saw this K, and I’m happy my dad’s bird has a nice new perch. He’d be happy too. He collected a lot of odd things. N.


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