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Maybe she is a small woman (or the ostriches used to be much larger hundred years ago).
Heron have real big plumes
One source reports that the style was started by Marie Antoinette. Egrets, herons, flamingos, even whole stuffed songbirds were used. Gulls and peacocks, pheasants too. Really, any bird with large, showy or colorful plumage was endangered. Huge numbers of birds were wiped out in the plumage trade. A law called the Lacey Act was passed in 1900 to slow or halt the massive destruction of birds for their feathers.
Here is a list of some of the birds used for hatsOstrich, Vulture, Paradise, Numadie, Gourah,Heron, Egret, Peacock, Pheasant, Parrot, Guinea-fowl, Pigeon, Goose, Duck, Turkey, Barnyard Fowl, "Spanish Coq", osprey
But think of all the Eagles that died making headdresses for Indian chiefs.But from what I read, it was men who started to wear bird feathers in their hats. Mostly it signified rank of the officer.
with the pre gun Indians, the eagle died, was found, and a head dress could be made. The desire for a headdress did not drive the eagles death.
I'm getting this really interesting view from looking at this. The one darker feather almost makes it look as if her hair is cut short, and with the earring stud in, she could be a modern punk woman dressing up in old-fashioned clothing/hats. Obviously this isn't true, but it's still pretty neat.
This is clearly a high quality, remarkable photograph. Any idea who took it?
That is an ostrich feather, plucked from the bird's tail, or naturally shed. No harm done.
I really like this picture in spite of the odd hat. It was very beautifully done.
Beautiful photo, thanks.