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Old 07 February 2016, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Gutter Monkey View Post
Have you tried shooting the birds? Dead birds are pretty well known for staying still.
People are often shocked to learn that this is how John James Audubon was able to make his careful drawings. Of course, when he was studying N. American birds, there was no population pressure the way many species have now. Birds don't often display their plumage the way he shows many of them, but he needed to show all the identifying marks. Often identifying specific species from others depends on a glimpse during fight or landing or dust baths. And actually for many species the only way you are likely to ever identify them is if you know the call, but Audubon could not preserve that.