Eider or Sea Duck by John James Audubon Art Print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 246 audubon

An archival premium Quality Art Print of the Eider or Sea Duck as drawn by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artwork was for his ornithology masterpiece, The Birds of America, published in the first part of the 19th century. This bird was plate or picture number 246 in the Havell first edition of this book. The print shows two very colorful drakes and one female duck in a patch of wetland grass. Fuligula Mollissima - Mr. Audubon says the following about the Eider Duck "The history of this remarkable Duck must ever be looked upon with great interest by the student of nature. The depressed form of its body, the singular shape of its bill, the beautiful colouring of its plumage, the value of its down as an article of commerce, and the nature of its haunts, render it a very remarkable species. Considering it as such, I shall endeavour to lay before you as full an account of it as I have been able to obtain from my own observation. The fact that the Eider Duck breeds on our eastern coasts, must be interesting to the American ornithologist, whose fauna possesses but few birds of this family that do so. The Fuligulae are distinguished from all other Ducks that feed in fresh or salt water, by the comparative shortness of the neck, the greater expansion of their feet, the more depressed form of their body, and their power of diving to a considerable depth, in order to reach the beds on which their favourite shelly food abounds. Audubon bird print #246

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