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Nighthawks—The Last Hurrah

Let’s have some fun! No preamble from me, no more buildup, let’s just look at a beautiful, strange, and thought-provoking painting. Here goes:

13-6-11-01 [Common Nighthawks](Click on image to enlarge.)

If you’re an ABA member, then you already know that Ray Nelson’s “Nighthawks” (acrylic on wood, 2013) appears on pp. 52–53 of the November/December 2013 issue of Birding. And even if you’re not an ABA member, you may have the strange sensation that you’ve already seen this painting.

Just the other day, we were talking, around the campfire, recall, about all the other stuff in life—Appalachian “oldtime” music, abandoned buildings, maps of Vienna and Gondor—and how those things intersect with our interests in birds and birding. Well, yeah. And that truth is reaffirmed in Ray Nelson’s “Nighthawks,” wouldn’t you say?



This painting was commissioned in connection with the ABA’s recognition of the Common Nighthawk as the 2013 Bird of the Year. If you don’t have the November/December 2013 Birding, featuring Ray Nelson’s “Nighthawks” (and much more), visit the ABA’s online store and purchase a copy.

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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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