American snowy heron Audubon unframed print

The snowy heron print

Limited-edition, snowy heron print by John James Audubon.

  • Limited to 200 editions.
  • Printed on acid and lignin-free archival paper for an almost perfect match to the original finish.
  • The print is debossed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Image description as it appears in the book

Ardea candidissima, Gmel. Plate CCXLII. Male. Original plate size: 65.5 x 52 cm.

At the approach of the breeding season, many spend a great part of the day at their roosting places, perched on the low trees principally growing in the water, when every now and then they utter a rough guttural sort of sigh, raising at the same moment their beautiful crest and loose recurved plumes, curving the neck, and rising on their legs to their full height, as if about to strut on the branches.

They act in the same manner while on the ground mating. Then the male, with great ardour, and with the most graceful motions, passes and repasses for several minutes at a time before and around the female, whose actions are similar, although she displays less ardour.

When disturbed on such occasions, they rise high in the air, sail about and over the spot in perfect silence, awaiting the departure of the intruder, then sweep along, exhibiting the most singular movements, now and then tumbling over and over like the Tumbler Pigeon, and at length alight on a tree.

On the contrary, when you intrude upon while breeding, they rise silently on wing, alight on the trees near, and remain there until you depart.


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£125.00
  • Limited to 200 editions.
  • Printed on acid and lignin-free archival paper for an almost perfect match to the original finish.
  • The print is debossed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Original plate size: 65.5 x 52 cm.
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