Brown Pelican by John James Audubon Art Print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 251 audubon

An archival premium Quality Art Print of the brown pelican drawn by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist drew this painting for his ornithological book, The Birds of America in the first half of the 19th century. This bird was plate or picture number 251 in the Havell first edition of this book. The high quality antique reproduction shows the brown pelican standing on a mangrove branch somewhere in Florida, most likely the Keys. Pelecanus Fuscus - Audubon says of the Brown Pelican - "The Brown Pelican, which is one of the most interesting of our American birds, is a constant resident in the Floridas, where it resorts to the Keys and the salt-water inlets, but never enters fresh-water streams, as the White Pelican is wont to do. It is rarely seen farther eastward than Cape Hatteras, but is found to the south far beyond the limits of the United States. Within the recollection of persons still living, its numbers have been considerably reduced, so much indeed that in the inner Bay of Charleston, where twenty or thirty years ago it was quite abundant, very few individuals are now seen, and these chiefly during a continuance of tempestuous weather. There is a naked bar, a few miles distant from the main land, between Charleston and the mouth of the Santee, on which my friend JOHN BACHMAN some years ago saw a great number of these birds, of which he procured several; but at the present day, few are known to breed farther east than the salt-water inlets running parallel to the coast of Florida, forty or fifty miles south of St. Augustine, where I for the first time met with this Pelican in considerable numbers." Audubon bird print #251

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