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Hawk head different angles ref by Ciameth Hawk head different angles ref by Ciameth
Raptor/hawk head at different angles. These are all the same Red-tailed Hawk, but he molted from juvenile to adult plumage while I was collecting these pictures so there is color variation to the feathers; the lighting also changed day-to-day. This bird is not a falconry bird, but rather a permanent resident at a raptor rehabilitation center. He came in from the wild with a badly-healed coracoid break and cannot fly very well. His upper beak is over-long, so keep that in mind if you're trying to draw a realistic, natural raptor. I hope this makes a decent reference for people drawing birds of prey, gryphons, etc. Feel free to download for personal use. Not for photo-manipulation. If anyone is interested in a similar thing with owls, kestrels, another species of hawk, raptor feet, etc let me know.

Great-horned Owl: [link]
Barn Owl: [link]
Turkey Vulture: [link]
Golden Eagle: [link]
American Kestrel: [link]
Burrowing Owl: [link]
Icterid (Brewer's Blackbird): [link]
Raptor feet: [link]

10/26: Wow, the daily deviation was a surprise! I'm glad this is turning out useful for so many people. My gallery has a lot of other bird of prey photos that I usually allow people to use for reference if they ask first and credit back to the original, so feel free to take a look.

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Suggester's words: Hawk head different angles ref by *Ciameth is very thought out, and has to be the most detailed and thorough collection of angle shots for one animal that I've ever seen! I'd imagine this would be big help to a lot of people. ( Suggested by SpiralHorn and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Nohrian-Scum Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
One of these were used here: comicandblue-firuko.deviantart…
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This reference specifically states in the artist's comment "Not for use in photomanipulation." They are meant as references for artists to use, and are NOT stock photographs.
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Nohrian-Scum Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
OH MY BAD, IM SO SORRY!
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting!
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Racist-Robots Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A wonderful compilation of photos :D thanks a bunch!
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SeaWeedFire Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used as reference for this one: seaweedfire.deviantart.com/art…
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marieknox Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the great pictures, they will be great reference for my drawings.
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Ariade Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thank you for such usefull pictures :3
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FeraNoMo79 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Wow! Looks like you're model was posing for you like a human would! XD So photogenic! <3
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jacquesmeboia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great pictures, nice compilation!!
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SonarSnow Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Hory shitu! :wow: This is great, it'll be wonderful for reference!
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xtheamazingnothingx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMGURD! Can I use one of these for my profile picture? (specifacely (SP?) the one four spaces to the right on the top?)
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you credit the original in your signature.
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xtheamazingnothingx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Done! Thanks again!
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xtheamazingnothingx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It makes me laugh everytime I look at it. XD
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LavinceLara Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Even I don't draw eagles this is really helpful, good job!
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Kitterain Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Ha, I saw this and immediately thought, hmm griffin reference
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razorcat Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
oooo!these make great reference models. i would love to see pictures like this of a Philippines eagle!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] ^.^
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Koi-Lantern Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, thanks so much for this ref. Very much needed thank you!!!
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deathmango Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Thanks so much for these wonderful references!
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Sudokko Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love you so much. <3
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chameleocoonJ Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Just wow.
I can;t even imagine how much work you put into this! ^^ Some of those poses are so derpy! ha ha!
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KimukoCat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Great photos, these will make some excellent references :)
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Thriftstoredragon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! He's a beautiful bird. Thank you!
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KHRoxas122 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
You don't mind if I use one for an avatar? Not for dA, but yeah.
Otherwise, very nice shots, red tails are my favorites. :)
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of these, I don't mind so long as it is off dA. My non-reference photos are off-limits.
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KHRoxas122 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Alright, thank you.
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Wolved Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only there were something like this, but for chickens. :(
Very good though! Hawks are beatiful animals, truly!
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KeonaKii Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Awesome! Thanks so much for making this! Great reference shots!
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Shadowmaniac Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Such a handsome fellow! Borrowing this to use as a reference for a drawing ^^
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xmdz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You notice that it always looks so justice-oriented.
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kittyl7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Very interesting photos.
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FefaGriffin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have one photo of a hawk seing from up?
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Griffinscry Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Great idea! You've helped all of us :D I cant get over the second to last one on the first row. The way the light hits him makes him look like he's going, "Oh yeah, Who's sexy?" XD Very nice pictures :D
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Its an awesome ref, great shots as well

however after full viewing right before bed, Im afraid I might have some nightmares...:)
not your fault
mine and my irrational fear of upclose animas
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
:star: Congratulations again on your DD! This deviation has been featured in October 2010 Resources DDs.
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
You don't by any chance have any of the smaller owl species (screech, burrowing, pygmy, elf owl, etc) on hand and willing to participate, do you? ouo
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If you mean for these kind of references, yes, I plan to do a barn owl and a burrowing owl. Eventually, I may also do a Northern Saw-Whet owl, but as she is partially blind and tends not to look around much, it might be difficult to collect shots of her looking up or down like the hawk.
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
A saw-whet would be AMAZING! I just love those. If I had a pet bird I'd want a saw-whet. Of course, I'd never get a pet bird - they just make me nervous, I can't "read" them to see if they're stressed or in need like I can with most mammals - but still, I can dream. :P

The barn owl will be pretty cool. Is he/she the common tyto alba or one of the others? They're all gorgeous animals.
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She's the common tyto alba, with a whitish face for a female, so she's very pretty. If you spend enough time around birds, you eventually get an idea of what their stress signals are. The individuals I work all share certain signals, but also have their own particular behaviors when they're stressed. Of course, raptors are illegal to keep as pets (and would make pretty awful ones anyways). My favorite companion birds are pigeons and backyard chickens. Both can be very tame, tolerant and fairly affectionate for a bird :)
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I might keep a pigeon. I'm a little prejudiced against chickens. ;) But I always thought that the cinnamon colored pigeons that you occasionally see in the city flocks were really pretty animals.

I figured it was just that I wasn't used to them. When I first started keeping fish, I couldn't read them at all. Once I spent more time watching them, though, it started to get easier to tell how they were feeling.
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DarkCucco Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is very awesome indeed!

I believe this will be very useful to me and to a lot of others when trying to draw these majestic animals!

AWESOME WORK!
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MasterMhal Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow im probly using this for the general refrance on bids faces now. no i will use it. good job.
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springheel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
This will be a Bible for bird artists!
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iwabon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
I like birds
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous photography and an indispensable reference. Thank you for putting this up!
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callumCRUNCH Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great! Thank you!
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miche0207 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
te gustan las aguilas??
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btwmickeylol Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My friend actually got a Red Tailed Hawk a couple of weeks ago. I met it this weekend. They're truly incredible birds!
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