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John Audubon observes Roseate Terns

 

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April 28, 1832 - Roseate tern


 

 

Roseate Tern
Audubon painting of Roseate Tern from Birds of America
Above image from Historical Museum of Southern Florida - Audubon images at the Historical Museum website were produced from prints of an original Elephant Folio belonging to the museum. http://www.historical-museum.org/collect/audubon/audubon.htm) See Audubon House  
 

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While staying at Indian Key, on April 28 Audubon painted this tern. Earlier in the day the Audubon party shot 38 Roseate Terns.

Portions of what Audubon wrote in his Ornithological Biography, Volume III, page 296 to 298 are provided below:

 

 "On the 28th of April 1832, it was my lot to be on the beautiful rocky islet named Indian Key, where I spent a few hours of the night in unsuccessful attempts to procure repose, which was effectually banished by the consciousness of my being in a portion of the county not yet examined by any industrious student of nature, and in which I expected to find much that would prove interesting. The rain fell in torrents, and the rattling of the large drops on the shingles of the verandah in which my hammock had been slung, together with the chillness of the air, contributed to keep me awake. Finding it useless to remain in bed, I roused my companions; it was just four o'clock, and in a few minutes all the people in the house were up and breakfast preparing."

 

". . . we observed a great number of Terns on a sand bar, which we approached. The birds were not shy, so that we obtained an opportunity of firing two guns at them, when we leaped out, and on wading to the shore picked up thirty-eight Roseate Terns and several of another species."

 

"Beautiful, indeed are Terns of every kind, but the roseate excels the rest, if not in form, yet in the lovely hue of its breast. I had never seen a bird of this species before, and as the unscathed hundreds arose and danced as it were in the air, I thought them the Humming Birds of the sea, so light and graceful were their movements. Now they flocked together and hovered over us, again as with sudden dash they plunged toward us in anger; even their cries of wrath sounded musical, although I had carried destruction among them, I felt delighted. . . . and I now had my cap full to the brim with specimens."

 

 

 

Additional information about the roseate tern may be found by following the link below to the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas. The Atlas, a collaborative effort of Audubon of Florida, the Florida Ornithological Society, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission provides information of general status, habitat, and status of  breeding species in Florida
 

 

http://wildflorida.org/bba/RSTE.htm

 

Additional information about the roseate cuckoo may be found by following this link to eNature.com

 

 

 

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