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John Audubon paints the Reddish Egret
(Purple Heron )

 

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April 1832 - Observes Purple Heron (Reddish Egret)


Purple Heron (Reddish Egret)

Audubon painting of reddish Egret from Birds of America
Above image from Historical Museum of Southern Florida - Audubon images at the Historical Museum website were produced from prints of an original Elephant Folio belonging to the museum. http://www.historical-museum.org/collect/audubon/audubon.htm) See Audubon House  
 

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Audubon drew this painting of Reddish Egret in the Florida Keys in April of 1832.

 

"I was told that, although still plentiful in the Floridas, this species was much more so when the Keys were first settled. I was present when a person killed twenty-eight in succession in about an hour, the poor birds hovering above their island in dismay, and unaware of the destructive power of their enemy."

 


This website includes some photos taken by wildlife naturalist photographers. The photo below was taken by Jeff Rester in Taverniere, Florida Keys and is displayed with his permission. All photographs are copyrighted by the owner.  Please respect the copyright.  The use of any of the photographs on this web site without the written permission of the owner is strictly prohibited.
reddish egret photo by Jeff Rester
 
http://www.stormloader.com/fishman/reddishegret2.htm - Tavernier, Florida.

Jeff Rester's Nature Photography - http://www.stormloader.com/fishman/jrester.htm

jrester@gsmfc.org


 

Additional information about the reddish egret may be found by following the link below to the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas. The Atlas, a collaborative effort of Audubon of Florida, the Florida Ornithological Society, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission provides information of general status, habitat, and status of  breeding species in Florida.

 

http://wildflorida.org/bba/REEG.htm

 

Additional information about the puirple heron may be found by following this link to eNature.com

 

 

 

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