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William Bartram



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On the Wing, In the Pot
Painting by William Bartram, Natural History Museum, London

Trekking through frontier Florida, Bartram described at least three bird species new to science: the black vulture (above), the Florida cormorant, and the sandhill crane. Of the crane he noted, “We had this fowl dressed for supper, and it made excellent soup.”

For more about this ill-fated sandhill crane, visit Point of View.



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