Monday, September 17, 2018

Make eagles great again

A review of a note pad showing a picture of the famous Washington´s Eagle. 

The bird on the cover is the mysterious Washington's Eagle, described by famous American naturalist John James Audubon “back in the days”. True to form, Audubon shot the bird, bagged it and painted it! The year was 1816 and the place was Kentucky. It's ironic that the largest conservation group in the United States is named after this trigger-happy gentleman. I sometimes wonder whether he's responsible for the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, but perhaps I'm out on a limb there?

Be that as it may, the all-knowing modern scientists question Audubon's veracity in this case, charging that Washington's Eagle is simply a misidentified juvenile Bald Eagle. Nobody has seen this kind of bird since Audubon killed one for artistic purposes...or was it for artistic license? All stuffed specimens have mysteriously vanished, and the only evidence we have for a third species of North American eagle is the painting reproduced here.

Personally, I'm willing to believe that The Great Naturalist was right in this case. After all, he was on spot observing the bird, he shot it (presumably not with a paranormal silver bullet) and he meticulously studied it in order to make his extraordinary artwork. Washington's Eagle may be extinct today, but probably not due to John James Audubon's career in bird painting…

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