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On the ranch, there are both golden eagles and bald eagles.   The golden eagle is the bigger of the two with a 7 foot wing span. Bald eagle hanging out in a tree near the calving barn. Golden eagle perched in a tree.  They lay nests in the high cliff rocks in the canyon above the ranch.

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Northern Flicker and Lilacs

One of my favorite birds and common here in Northern Illinois, the northern flicker.  A woodpecker that loves wooded areas.  I recently made a commissioned flicker which inspired me to paint this one also.   The lilacs have already come and gone.  But I still have a few photos of them on my phone.  I used this one as inspiration for the painting of the flicker.  

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