Audubon Inspired Photos

Jon James Audubon (1785-1851) was a famous naturalist, wildlife artist, ornithologist who traveled across America to create his tome Birds of America.  His detailed paintings of birds depict some of the feathered species that are now extinct; his works are all that remain of them.

The color, detail and depiction of birds in natural settings continues to inspire photographers and wildlife artist.  It’s been a hobby of mine to try to photograph the birds that have appeared in his book and paintings.  In appreciation for his art, here is my pics on a few of the birds.

Brown Pelican

The brown pelican  lives on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coast; where my photograph was taken in San Diego.

Audubon's Brown Pelican

brown pelican

Canadian Goose

In the Midwest, I come across the Canadian goose alot due to all the lakes, sloughs and ponds.  My photographs was taken at a dry pond bed.

Audubon's Canada Goose

Canadian geese on rocks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron is actually gray blue.  It is one of the largest wading birds with a wingspan of 66-79 inches.  I see the Snowy Egret more than the Great Blue Heron, so it was great to see it coasting above the waters of a lake.  This was a lucky shot.

Audubon's Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Mallard

Mallards, Teals and Wood ducks are very colorful ducks.  I find them in wetlands and by streams, creeks and rivers.

Audubon's Mallard Duck

two mallards in brush

Starling

 The Starling is almost all back except for the startling red and white stripes on its wings.  They like the wooded areas with lots of trees, which is where this was taken by a slough.  What is a slough?  A slough is smaller than a lake and larger than a pond.

Audubon's Starling

Starling

Bye for now while I wing it out of here.

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