John James Audubon would have turned 230 years old today and in honor of this milestone I decided to visit the New-York Historical Society to catch the third and final installment of "Audubon's Aviary". Part III of "The Complete Flock" is the public's last chance to view the Society's magnificent endowment of the preparatory watercolors for Audubon's magnum opus "The Birds of America" published in four double-elephant sized volumes between 1827-1838.
From California Condors to Rufous Hummingbirds, American Flamingos to Barn Owls, John James Audubon's watercolors bring these birds to life. Whether in groups or singly, against a white background or in its natural habitat, at rest or in flight, the artist has captures the essence of his avian subjects in what remains the "Bible of Bird Books". I urge you to visit "Audubon's Aviary" before it closes on May 10th and these feathered fellows fly back into storage for another decade.