The Redtailed Hawkscale – And the 1/16th Knight

Drawn with coloured pencils, background in photoshop. Drawn for a user on Deviantart

Drawn with coloured pencils, background in photoshop.
Drawn for a user on Deviantart

“Red-tailed Hawkscales are a medium-sized wyvern species, with long, distinctly red tails. Male Red-tails have far more vibrant red and black colouring than the females but otherwise the sexual dimorphism is minimal. This species of Hawkscale is known for being exceedingly patient in the hunt, perching in a high place while using their sharp eyes to locate prey. Upon sighting their quarry they then dive from their perch, using their sharp talons, keratinous beak and small razor teeth to finish the job. Hawkscales do not have chewing molars: they have to rip gobbets of flesh from the prey and swallow it whole. Prey consists of small to medium sized mammals, and a pair of Red-tails is reported to have brought down an antelope. Large birds are also on the menu, and carrion is also an option. Cases of Red-tails killing and eating humans has been reported but undocumented to date – oh. Nevermind then.”

“In flight, Red-tails use their tails and wings in tandem to balance themselves. Like most of their family tree, Hawkscales are slow and deliberate fliers, preferring to soar and glide than beat their wings. However, their dives are spectacular to watch as the speed can exceed 130 km/h.”

The design is my own, based on the physical characteristic and nature of the Red-tailed Hawk.

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