Little Blue Heron, Florida caerulea
Print size 26 1/4" x 39 1/4"; image size: 28 1/2" x 20 1/2"
Princeton Audubon Limited Edition - produced 1985
The white bird in the background is an immature little blue heron, quite as white as an egret and often mistaken for one since it does not wear its adult plumage until two years of age. The view of the countryside near Charleston, South Carolina, was painted by George Lehman.
Audubon wrote of the little blue heron: "You may see this graceful Heron, quietly and in silence walking along the margins of the water, with an elegance and grace which can never fail to please you. Each regularly-timed step is lightly measured, while the keen eye of the bird seeks for and watches the equally cautious movements of the objects towards which it advances with all imaginable care. When at a proper distance, it darts forth its bill with astonishing celerity, to pierce and secure its prey."
Princeton Audubon prints are direct-camera facsimile lithographs of the Robert Havell Jr. (1793-1878) engravings for The Birds of America (1827-38). Princeton's Double elephant Folio prints are issued in limited editions of 500 or 1500 prints. All are numbered and have a seal in the bottom margin to demonstrate their authenticity.
Printed on heavy Mohawk paper that is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives, the paper is specially toned to match the average paper color of the antique originals.