Birds of America by
John James Audubon

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Plate 242
"Snowy Heron" [Snowy Egret]

On 25 March 1832, Audubon painted the snowy heron 9or egret). He wrote that "15th thousands were seen in the marshes and rice-fields, all in full plumage.... While in the Carolinas, in the month of April, the egret resorts to the borders of the salt-water marshes, and feeds principally on shrimps." Lehman's background shows a South Carolina plantation and includes the tiny figure of a hunter who might well be Audubon or Bachman.

Plate 243
"Wilson's Snipe" [Common Snipe]

Spending the spring of 1832 in Lowcountry South Carolina, Audubon spent much of his time drawing wading birds (with three exceptions). It is probably that the first bird he drew during this period was Wilson's snipe. In his description he recorded that

The drawing of the South Carolina rice plantation in the background is by Lehman.

Plate 288
"Yellowshank Tatler" [Lesser Yellowlegs]

It was during the spring of 1832 that Audubon and Lehman produced what is considered the finest of the South Carolina landscapes in the Birds of America — the yellowshank tatler or lesser yellowlegs. Audubon wrote,

It is generally felt today that George Lehman probably painted both the bird and the habitat near Charleston.

Plate 355
"MacGillivray's Shore-Finch" [Seaside Sparrow]

In December 1833, Audubon's son John drew MacGillivray's shore-finch (also known as the seaside sparrow). Audubon stated that the bird was "rather rare in South Carolina." The species continues to be extremely rare and limits its habitation to saltwater marshes and rivers. Audubon stated that

Maria Martin, Bachman's sister-in-law and another of Audubon's assistants, drew the reeds and butterflies.


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