Snowy Owl by John James Audubon art print

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SKU: 121 audubon

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Snowy Owl by John James Audubon for his ornithology book, The Birds of America for sale by Brandywine General Store. These night time owls were plate number or picture #121 in the first Havell edition published in the 1820s and 1830s. A male and female specimen are shown in the branches of a dead tree, overhead there is a break in the night clouds with the moon shining through. Strix Nyttea - Mr. Audubon says the following of the Snowy Owl "This beautiful bird is merely a winter visitor of the United States, where it is seldom seen before the month of November, and whence it retires as early as the beginning of February. It wanders at times along the sea coast, as far as Georgia. I have occasionally seen it in the lower parts of Kentucky, and in the State of Ohio. It is more frequently met with in Pennsylvania and the Jerseys; but in Massachusetts and Maine it is far more abundant than in any other parts of the Union. The Snowy Owl hunts during the day, as well as in the dusk. Its flight is firm and protracted, although smooth and noiseless. It passes swiftly over its hunting ground, seizes its prey by instantaneously falling on it, and generally devours it on the spot. When the objects of its pursuit are on wing, such as ducks, grouse, or pigeons, it gains upon them by urging its speed, and strikes them somewhat in the manner of the Peregrine Falcon. It is fond of the neighbourhood of rivers and small streams, having in their course cataracts or shallow rapids, on the borders of which it seizes on fishes, in the manner of our wild cat. It also watches the traps set for musk-rats, and devours the animals caught in them. Its usual food, while it remains with us, consists of hares, squirrels, rats, and fishes, portions of all of which I have found in its stomach...." Audubon Birds art print #121

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