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My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house. My favorite photo - a newly fledged Bald Eagle has a feisty American Kestrel take a ride for a second, taken at the river behind the house.

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Pileated Woodpecker pair in the front yard. New photos nearly every day on our Blog page!

Things are always hopping at the Raptors of the Rockies organization. We're taking care of the birds and maintaining their enclosures, we're conducting raptor programs at local schools and organizations across Western Montana, art is flying out of the studio, we're taking photos and shooting video, we're out in the field birding and/or doing research, and much, much more.

To help you keep up with the flurry of activities happening at Raptors of the Rockies, we're blogging on a more-or-less daily basis and our most recent posts are listed below. Enjoy!

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Home Sweet Home Today
Posted: Tue, 20 Feb 2024


Nico at Metcalf NWR
Posted: Tue, 20 Feb 2024

 Nico loves going for rides, Mose not so much, and this one at Metcalf Refuge down the road. About half-way done etching the PETG plastic for the new art piece - a Long-eared Owl, what fun. Goal is to start printing tomorrow or Thursday.

Red-tails and Bald Eagle
Posted: Mon, 19 Feb 2024

  I think my computer woes are over (for now) so a couple photos from this weekend.

Internet-Photoshop Problems, but Now!
Posted: Sun, 18 Feb 2024

Finally getting back and just finished this painting today. I kept saying to Tom every evening all week, “Finishing the Moose tomorrow.” This took until now and calf moose in our back yard, image from many years ago and always in my head. He had a big run in the slough, photo from later that summer:

This painting is 14" x 11" on Claybord, pen & ink, Aqua printing inks, Arteza Brush Pens, finger painting inks and scratching with a utility blade, totally making it up as I go along. Another etching next..Kestrel I think, so much fun now.  T

Sunday Eagles
Posted: Mon, 12 Feb 2024

Down at the river, pre-Superbowl.

Posted: Fri, 09 Feb 2024

The Bald Eagle drypoint etching printed yesterday, painted today, finally done. I swear, started at 8 am. Whew, and next...a MOOSE!



Close Enough For You, Katy?
Posted: Thu, 08 Feb 2024

Looks like some interest in the Bald Eagle nest and they have started incubating as early as March 5th! A youngster cruises right over head, afternoon trips to the river with the dogs now .


First New Etching...
Posted: Mon, 05 Feb 2024

 ...In the House! Working on a drypoint etching and everything all in one spot here in the house instead of running up the stairs to the "old" studio. The new one and a Bald Eagle. The pair of eagles were perched over the nest today at the beach and I shouted, "Hey! I am doing an etching of you!" And I swear, she pulled her wings out to strike a regal pose. Like, "How's this?"

Nature Detective
Posted: Sat, 03 Feb 2024

Last weekend I was at the river by the house with the dogs and came across a big section of beach filled with huge piles of bird feces. Okay, poop. I mean 8 inches across and 6 high, and giant waterfowl
 footprints. The photo on my flip phone was not very impressive. The next day about half of the ice had melted but you get the idea. Swans, about 60 - 80 of them!  Wish I could have seen that.

Printing Press Indoors!
Posted: Sat, 03 Feb 2024

Look what I have been threatening to do for 5 years - move the press into the house, where it is warm. Took about 30 minutes. Maybe 20.  Now…The Downstairs Studio! Working on a Bald Eagle drypoint on some PETG plastic  I bought from Blick, and sure smooth! Great stuff. And Mischa the Peregrine didn't mind a bit.

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