Gray Tyrant Art Print by John James Audubon

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 170 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of The Gray Tyrant by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. The small songbird is also known as the Pipiry Flycatcher and was drawn by Audubon for his epic ornithology book The Birds of North America. This high quality reproduction print shows the gray tyrant in a branch of the Agati Grandiflora, which was a leguminous plant with beautiful blooms that was scarce in Key West where Audubon found this specimen, but was supposedly very thick in the island of Cuba. Muscicapa Dominicensis - Audubon says of the Gray Tyrant - Having landed on one of the Florida Keys, I scarcely had time to cast a glance over the diversified vegetation which presented itself, when I observed a pair of birds mounting perpendicularly in the air, twittering with a shrill continued note new to me. I was on one of those yet unknown islets, which the foot of man has seldom pressed. A Flycatcher unknown to me had already presented itself, and the cooing of a Dove never before heard came on my ear. I felt some of that pride, which doubtless pervades the breast of the discoverer of some hitherto unknown land. Although desirous of obtaining the birds before me, I had no wish to shoot them at that moment. My gun lay loosely on my arms, my eyes were rivetted on the Flycatcher, my ears open to the soft notes of the Dove. Reader, such are the moments, amid days of toil and discomfort, that compensate for every privation. Audubon bird print #170

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