Hawk @ The Arcade

Pigeons used to have a good time at the Arcade in Downtown Nashville 🙂

The good times are over!

A juvenile Cooper’s Hawk has made the Arcade his home and has helped the Arcade management with their Pigeon problem.

At today’s First Saturday Gallery crawl you may be able to spot the beautiful bird in the building’s roof structure.

I am looking forward to seeing you tonight at the Arcade!

Click here for more information about the FIRST SATURDAY GALLERY CRAWL

Special Presentation – Week 1 – King Vulture

While reviewing my picture library I came across this beautiful portrait of a King Vulture. I thought many of you might like it.

[Do not forget to vote for the picture of the year 2011 :-) ]

[and I hope you will be able to come this Saturday to the Gallery Crawl in Nashville]

More about King Vultures:

The King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) lives predominantly in tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. Large and predominantly white, the King Vulture has gray to black ruff, flight, and tail feathers. The head and neck are bald, with the skin color varying, including yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red.

The King Vulture has a very noticeable yellow fleshy caruncle on its beak. This vulture is a scavenger and it often makes the initial cut into a fresh carcass. It also displaces smaller New World vulture species from a carcass. King Vultures have been known to live for up to 30 years in captivity.

Invitation – Animal Art Photography @ First Saturday Gallery Crawl

When: Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 6p.m. to 9p.m.
Where: Christian Sperka Photography / Animal Art Photography Gallery at the Arcade [Downtown Nashville in the block between Church and Union Streets and 4th and 5th Avenues]

The New 2012 Series

I will be showing a new picture collection of images not published in print ever before.

They are available  as various size art prints at the gallery.

I am looking forward to seeing you at on Saturday.

Picture of the Week 1 – Sly!

The first picture of the week for 2012 is of a Red Fox at the Natur- und Tierpark Goldau (a beautiful zoo in Switzerland displaying  many indigenous species – http://www.tierpark.ch/english/index.htm)

[and do not forget to vote for the picture of the year 2011 🙂 ]

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About Red Fox:

The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes, as well as being the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora. It is distributed across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and the steppes of Asia.

Despite its name, the species often produces individuals with abnormal colourings, including albinos and melanists.

The species has a long history of association with humans, having been extensively hunted as a pest and furbearer for centuries, as well as being prominently represented in human folklore and mythology. Because of its widespread distribution and large population, the Red Fox is one of the most important furbearing animals harvested for the fur trade.