Is it a parrot, or a parakeet, or...
C. c. ludovicianus by John James Audubon. This is the blue subspecies variant of the green/yellow Carolina Parakeet (C. c. carolensis) P/C Wikimedia.
Last week's Challenge was pretty straightforward:
1. ...the Carolina Parakeet, can you find a drawing (or etching or painting) that was done from life? (And yes, I know about the painting in the Wikipedia article. Can you find something OTHER than that?)
I was fascinated by the comments we got about HOW people did their search. Thanks to all who wrote in.
|Mark Catseby (c. 1772)|
|John James Audubon (1833) "from life." P/C Wikimedia.|
|Audubon, "Birds of North America, Volume 4" p. 306|
He spent hours observing birds in their natural habitats, then shot them, using scatter pellets to lessen the damage to their bodies. For Audubon, Eldridge says, "a bird was like a rose. You admired the color, you admired the fragrance, and you picked it without much emotional reaction."Audubon pinned his specimens to a wooden grid, arranging their wings, tails, and heads in lifelike positions. Using a duplicate grid, he sketched the birds exactly to scale, reproducing each feather to the smallest detail.