|Mountain Mockingbirds & Thrushes|
Well for one thing, these wondrous feathered creatures have inspired humankind for thousands of years. Also birds keep us connected to nature, densely populated city. Even though, many of us live in towns, large and small; you only have to look out your window to see some bird species living right along beside us. I even captured a photo of a large tom turkey finding little juicy tidbits in my yard last week. We are constantly reminded we live as part of the natural world and its creatures. We love their song, from the call of a bluejay, the soft hooting of an owl at night, or the call of ducks, wild geese or even swans overhead, they enthrall and delight us. So it is no wonder, to me, anyway, why these bird lovers spent so much of their lives studying, drawing and chronicling species of birds.
John Gould was an English ornithologist who lived 1804 to 1881 as well as an accomplished and critically acclaimed bird artist. Along with his wife, Elizabeth, and other artists, such as Edward Lear and William Hart, he published a number of monographs on birds with illustrated plates. In Australia, he is been considered the “Father of bird study” and the Gould League is named after him.