A beautiful print of The American Flamingo from the hand coloured plates of Audubon's Birds of America.
Image description as it appears in the book
Phoenicopterus ruber, Linn. Plate CCCCXXXI. Adult male. Original plate size 65 x 97cm
In their flight they resemble Ibises, and they usually move in lines, with the neck and legs fully extended, alternately flapping their wings for twenty or thirty yards and sailing over a like space.
Before alighting they generally sail round the place for several minutes, when their glowing tints become most conspicuous.
They very rarely alight on the shore itself, unless, as I am told, during the breeding season, but usually in the water, and on shallow banks, whether of mud or of sand, from which however they often wade to the shores.
Their walk is stately and slow, and their cautiousness extreme, so that it is very difficult to approach them, as their great height enables them to see and watch the movements of their various enemies at a distance.
Dimensions: 30cm x 40cm
Printed on Matt 250gsm conservation digital paper. A very versatile high quality paper made in Germany from acid and chlorine free wood pulp.
The exhibition Audubon's Birds of America runs from 12 Feb - 8 May 2022 at the National Museum of Scotland.