Falco sparverus

Captivated by a distant object of interest, this female Kestrel perches and watches intently, with intelligent eyes. A finely shaped base of walnut provides an interesting contrast to the carving’s natural realism.

This piece is of tupelo, the base is maple burl, and the branch is hand-carved basswood. It is in a private collection and complements the Male American Kestrel with Mouse.

Photographs of this piece were recently published as part of a gallery of photos in Denny Rogers’ new reference book The Illustrated Birds of Prey, published 2007, Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc.