I HAVE A PASSION FOR ALL BIRDS, BUT RAPTORS ARE MY FAVORITES.
Their speed, aerial dexterity and intensity in their endeavors is breathtaking to experience. The Secret depicts a Harris hawk in a mantling position. The bird will strike this pose (with its wing outstretched) to protect its possession from curious eyes. Its secret might be fledglings or possibly a meal for itself or their offspring.
In looking at this particular piece of Colorado alabaster from which the sculpture is carved, it’s coloration and texturing made it evident a Harris hawk resided inside. I do love it when the stone tells me the path to take.