Black Tern (Plate 438)

J. T. Bowen, 1856-1871. Print. Item #236627
ISBN: 281AIB1045379

6-3/4 by 10-1/2 inches. Handcolored lithograph from the royal octavo edition of Audubon's The Birds of America, measuring 6-3/4 by 10-3/8 inches. Modern name: Black Tern (Chlidonias niger). About this bird, Audubon wrote, 'Often have I watched their graceful, light and rapid flight, as they advanced and passed over in groups of twenty, thirty or more, from the delightful residence of my worthy friend and kind relative Nicholas Berthoud, Esq. of Shippingport, during the month of May, when Nature, opening her stores anew, benignly smiled upon the favoured land of Kentucky. The gay birds were seen ranging from the basin at the foot of the rapids to the lower part of the narrow channel which separates Sandy Island from the shore, up the clear stream and down again, plunging at short intervals into the water to seize their prey, and continuing their pleasing occupations through the whole day. When the period of reproduction arrived, they would all betake themselves to the ponds, and search along their moist shores for tufts of rank grass such as might form suitable places for their nests.' The black tern is found throughout the United States and is infrequently seen in Humboldt County. Minor loss at left edge, else a fine, bright print with no foxing. Please note the background is actually light green; the color of the image is a bit off.

Price: $80.00

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