Fulmar Petrel Fine Art Bird Print by John James Audubon

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SKU: 264 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Fulmar Petrel by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The water bird was plate or picture number 264 in the first Havell edition of The Birds of America. Mr. Audubon shows a lone male specimen of this bird in a desolate seascape setting. The Fulmar Petrel is perched on a rock in the middle of the ocean with nothing but water all around. The color of the subject in this ornithology print is white, brown and gray with bright yellow legs and beak.

Procellaria Glacialis - Mr. Audubon describes the Fulmar Petrel in Birds of America as follows: "Though not a large bird, the Fulmar is possessed of considerable strength, and has a powerful and sustained flight. In autumn and winter it is seen on our eastern coasts, from which it retires early in summer, to betake itself to the northern retreats in which it rears its young. I have never seen it farther south than Long Islan, but I have often found it on the banks of Newfoundland, and in the space intervening between them and our shores. From the beginning of September to that of May, it may be said to be pretty common, especially around the banks, to which the cod fishers resort and where it feed chiefly on the rejected garbage. One calm day in August, when on a voyage from England to New York I procured several Fulmars. They came up and alighted near the boat, whenever we threw anything overboard, and did not seem to be in the least alarmed by the report of a gun. A great number of them were swimming in small detached flocks of eight or ten, their color at a distance appearing as if pure white, and contrasting beautifully with the dark blue of the sea. They floated very buoyantly, some swimming about with great ease, others to appearance sound asleep. Most of them had the wing and tail feathers ragged, and some were much soiled with greasy matter, which gave them an unpleasant appearance. Those which were caught, on being wounded, emitted quantities of oily matter by their nostrils, and disgorged much of the same substance, but did not attempt to bite, which seemed strange in birds having the bill so powerful and hooked. They fly with less grace than the Shearwaters, proceeding in a direct line, and at a small height, towards the objects on which they feed. I was much disappointed at not finding the Fulmar along the rocky shores of Labrador, where i had expected to meet with it, as it is regularly observed in spring moving northward in files opposite the entrance of the Straits of Belle Isle...." Audubon bird print #264

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