It seems to be the perfect day for bird themes today. Google.com shows a Doodle with an eagle, an owl, a turkey and more. It's in honour of the 226th birthday of noted French American ornithologist, John James Audubon. However, more than just being a noted ornithologist, his
embrace of the new land that was the United States of America, long with his achievements and personality, he represented the new American people of the United States.
Birds in the style of James John Audobon
Audobon was born on April 26th, 1785 in Haiti. He had an interest in watching birds and their habits from a young age but really started his sketches and studies when he was in the States after 1803. He practiced bird banding where he tied yarn to the legs of Eastern Phoebes and found that they returned to their same nesting spots year after year. He became proficient in specimen preparation and taxidermy. In 1826, Audobon took his collection of bird drawings to England where he was received well and was commissioned a “Birds of America” series. The work consists of 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species, made from engraved copper plates of various sizes depending on the size of the image. They were printed on sheets measuring about 39 by 26 inches (660 mm). The work contains just over 700 North American bird species.
The Doodle today is flat and not interactive but it represents the style of drawing that Audubon adopted to record bird specimens. It was a newly discovered style of painting during his time and rather expensive.