White Headed or Bald Eagle Adult by John James Audubon

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 31 audubon

An archival premium Quality art print of the Bald Eagle or White Headed Eagle by John James Audubon for sale by Brandywine General Store. Audubon painted this raptor for his epic ornithology book The Birds of North America which was published in the 19th century. Of course the bald eagle is our Nation's Bird, which at one point was near extinction, but the numbers are now coming back on this giant raptor. The picture shows a large adult bald eagle perched upon a bank with a yellow catfish that he has just pulled from the river and is getting ready to eat. Haliaetus Leucocephalus - Audubon says of the Bald Eagle "The figure of this noble bird is well known throughout the civilized world, emblazoned as it is on our national standard, which waves in the breeze of every clime, bearing to distant lands the remembrance of a great people living in a state of peaceful freedom. May that peaceful freedom last for ever! The great strength, daring, and cool courage of the White-headed Eagle, joined to his unequalled power of flight, render him highly conspicuous among his brethren. To these qualities did he add a generous disposition towards others, he might be looked up to as a model of nobility. The ferocious, overbearing, and tyrannical temper which is ever and anon displaying itself in his actions, is, nevertheless, best adapted to his state, and was wisely given him by the Creator to enable him to perform the office assigned to him. The flight of the White-headed Eagle is strong, generally uniform, and protracted to any distance, at pleasure. Whilst travelling, it is entirely supported by equal easy flappings, without any intermission, in as far as I have observed it, by following it with the eye or the assistance of a glass. When looking for prey, it sails with extended wings, at right angles to its body, now and then allowing its legs to hang at their full length. Whilst sailing, it has the power of ascending in circular sweeps, without a single flap of the wings, or any apparent motion either of them or of the tail; and in this manner it often rises until it disappears from the view, the white tail remaining longer visible than the rest of the body. At other times, it rises only a few hundred feet in the air, and sails off in a direct line, and with rapidity. Again, when thus elevated, it partially closes its wings, and glides downwards for a considerable space, when, as if disappointed, it suddenly checks its career, and resumes its former steady flight. Audubon birds art print #31

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