“The red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus) belongs to the Falconidae family and the Falconiformes order. The red-footed falcon is the only raptor species of the region that breeds in colonies and in solitary nests as well. As other falco species, they occupies empty nests, mainly built by corvids. The rook (Corvus frugilegus) has a very important role in the life cycle of the red-footed falcon since the rookeries provide the most important colonial nesting facilities for this species. Moreover colonially nesting falcons have a better breeding success than solitary nesting pairs. ” … source
This painting is also part of the Illustrations for a Field Guide to the Birds of Romania series.
I decided to paint a reddish background to give sunrise feeling to the painting. First I finished the sky and the field with a large brush than started to paint the trees and rook nests. The red-footed falcon pair was the last thing I finished.
Watercolour, size A4