I have the good fortune to count Kate Davis, founder and director of Raptors of the Rockies, among my friends. Kate is a hoot (literally – she can imitate owls well enough to fool other owls), a fellow artist, and passionate about the raptors in her care. I’ve had the privilege of visiting her “Raptor Ranch” several times and photographing and sketching some of the magnificent birds there. Kate now has a blog going as well. If you enjoy raptors – watching them, painting them – I encourage you to visit Kate’s website and blog. She has photos and bios of all the birds, plus plenty of entertaining tidbits on her blog.

The painting shown here – “Ruffled” – was based on one of Kate’s golden eagles; the piece is now in the collection of the Lookout Mountain Nature Center in Golden, CO.

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2 Responses to “Fun Stuff”
  1. Lori Lemanski says:

    Beautiful painting! Thanks for posting info on Kate…what a wonderful project! I hope that maybe next time I go to Montana that I can request a tour from her (and photo ops!) I think I need to research if there are any similar groups/individuals in Michigan…..

  2. Julie Chapman says:

    Lori, thank you for the compliments! yes, do be sure to contact Kate when you’re in Montana – she’s a riot, passionate about her birds and of course immensely knowledgeable.

    You definitely should look into raptor rescue in your area; there was one in Santa Rosa (where we lived prior to MT) and after I’d made a nice donation they were happy to bring out a couple of birds for me to photograph. A win-win all the way around.

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