Whoop whoop! In this engraved copper plate, a whooping crane is ready to enjoy a reptilian snack. 🦎🐊 It was engraved in 1834 by Robert Havell Jr. for John James Audubon's publication, "Birds of America." "Birds of America" was published in several formats. The first large folio edition was intended for wealthy patrons or institutions. Later editions were produced in the United States. These were for a more general audience, including smaller, less costly lithographic illustrations.
Bald eagles aren't born with their bold white heads and tails that contrast with dark brown body feathers. They start out mottled in various shades of brown with dark eyes and beaks. Unless they've got a can of white paint handy. #🦅#🇺🇸#audubon#johnjamesaudubon Tag a friend you used to do silly stuff with as a kid (or could see yourself having done silly things with)!