Goshawk & Stanley Hawk by John James Audubon art print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 141 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Goshawk and Stanley Hawk by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artwork was for his ornithology book, The Birds of America,  published in the first part of the 19th century and has become one of the greatest books about birds ever printed, of course the pictures are what made this book famous. In this one he shows examples of two Goshawks, a male and a young bird, there is also a Stanley Hawk in this same picture. All three of the birds are in a swampy area with the young goshawk perched in a dead tree, while the two adult males are setting on grassy areas in the wetland. These large hunting raptors were picture of plate number 141 in the 1st edition of Birds of America, the Havell edition. Falco Palumbarius, Falco Stanleii - Audubon describes the Goshawk thus "The Goshawk is of rare occurrence in most parts of the United States, and the districts of North America to which it usually retires to breed are as yet unknown. Some individuals nestle within the Union, others in the British provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but the greater part seem to proceed farther north. I saw none, however, in Labrador, but was informed that they are plentiful in the wooded parts of Newfoundland. On returning from the north, they make their appearance in the Middle States about the beginning of September, and after that season range to very great distances. I have found them rather abundant in the lower parts of Kentucky and Indiana, and in severe winters I have seen a few even in Louisiana. In the Great Pine Forest of Pennsylvania, and at the Falls of Niagara, I have observed them breeding. During autumn and winter, they are common in Maine, as well as in Nova Scotia, where I have seen six or seven specimens that were procured by a single person in the course of a season....." Audubon bird print #141

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